PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As farmers market season slows, there are questions about how low-income customers will participate next year.
Grant money to fund the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets EBT program is running out, according to MFFM Executive Director Colleen Hanlon-Smith.
Farmers markets have been able to implement EBT card-swiping technology with grant money, and markets such as the one found in Newport have started accepting EBT payments for the first time this year.
"Figuring out ways of fundraising and having the infrastructure to support the programs is paramount at this time," said Hanlon-Smith.
She said the MFFM is fundraising to replenish the EBT program money, and plans on expanding the program further.
Hanlon-Smith said she hopes to hire someone to manage the EBT program for farmers markets.
Bunker Brewing in Portland held a fundraiser for the Farmers Market Association Friday night.
Local chefs and farmers prepared dishes for a suggested $25 donation for adults, and $10 for kids.
"Everyone loves to eat, has an appreciation for food, and why not make efforts to make that food available to all?" said Hanlon-Smith.