www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2012

Lt. Gov. Simon: Last chance to apply for wireless grants
Federal dollars will pay for free wireless Link, debit machines

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois farmers’ markets have through noon on July 9 to apply for a federal grant that will pay for wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards, local food advocate Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said today.

The project is funded by a grant of $182,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and aims to expand access to fresh produce for low-income residents and increase the sale of locally grown food across the state by enabling farmers’ markets to accept Illinois Link cards, which access federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, wirelessly at minimal cost for the first time. Money not earmarked for grant applicants by next week will be returned to the federal government, so Simon urged market managers to take advantage of the opportunity now.

“This is a great opportunity to boost access to local foods in Illinois and make sure we keep more of our food dollars in the state,” said Simon, who chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. “I urge every farmers’ market to apply and take advantage of this one-time federal funding. It will help farmers connect with new customers and increase sales.”

Project participants will be selected by mid-July and provided with community kits developed by the Lt. Governor’s office and the Illinois Department of Agriculture that will include training and promotional materials. The Illinois Department of Human Services is also involved in administering the program while Experimental Station, a Chicago non-profit, and the Illinois Farmers Market Association will assist with training and the development of promotional materials.

To apply for the Illinois Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Wireless Project, visit www.agr.state.il.us or call 217-524-9129.



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us