Food assisatnce cards are now accepted at the markets, if they can read the cards
Farmers markets could get a boost once the state of Ohio expands use of food assistance cards. The biggest roadblock right now is that markets need to be equipped with wireless card readers.
Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state is getting $161-thousand dollars from the federal government. It's a voluntary program, but Johnson says markets have seen an increase in customers once they sign on to accepting the cards.
Last year the state averaged about 1.7 million Ohioans on food assistance.