- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) - Federal and state nutrition officials are holding a sign-up day for farmers who want to accept payment from people receiving help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The sign-up is scheduled for Wednesday at the Imperial Center in Rocky Mount, where farmers can get authorized to participate. Such participation helps increase SNAP recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products and farmers’ markets.

Farmers who participate also expand their customer base.

North Carolina now has 86 direct-marketing farmers and 98 farmers’ markets authorized to accept SNAP.

Farmers should bring a driver’s license or passport; a Social Security card or other official document with name and Social Security number; and a copy of a void check from the account that will be used to deposit money.

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