(EFAP) is the largest supplemental food program the Food Bank operates. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities are distributed at 26 sites throughout Monterey County via tailgate distribution on a monthly basis.On average through this program, they serve 8,500 households per month, with a total of 2.6 million pounds of food annually.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.
Founded in 1976, the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets are the oldest and largest farmer's markets on the Central Coast with four locations: Aptos, Carmel and two in Monterey. Each has its own unique style that reflects its community and operates year round, except for Carmel and Del Monte.
Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or CalFresh can access their food benefits electronically Fridays at the Monterey Peninsula College Farmers Market. EBT processing is available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a booth near the food vendors.