Help Make Farmers' Markets Universally Accessible

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Food stamps have left the world of paper and entered the digital age: Recipients can now claim their benefits with the swipe of a card. This system removes stigma and makes management easy, but without ubiquitous portable card readers it prevents many who rely on food stamps from visiting farmers' markets.Good writes>:

The lack of this simple machine is keeping people from buying fresh food. Many farmers are unable to afford the cost of the equipment (about $1,100 per reader) required to accept the debit cards; others feel the paperwork and record keeping is onerous.

The task, then, is to develop a system that would make accepting food stamps at farmers' markets simple.

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Help Make Farmers' Markets Universally Accessible
Food stamps have left the world of paper and entered the digital age: Recipients can now claim their benefits with the swipe of a card. This system removes stigma and makes management easy, but without ubiquitous portable card