LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – There are many reasons why people enjoy shopping at the Lansing City Market.
Linda Sims-Wright is a vendor at the Lansing City Market and she says she likes to shop there for the produce.
“The fresh peppers…the cucumbers…and things like that because I love vegetables!”
Grace Ryder, who is a frequent shopper of the market, says she visits for the fresh cheese and she says it has an artisan feel.
“I like the atmosphere it feels very like modern.”
But now people with Bridge Cards may be able to enjoy the market’s ambience but they can’t buy the food.
Market Manager Aubrey Tipper says the USDA Food and Nutrition Services recently made changes and ordered each business to perform their own EBT transactions.
“Historically, EBT has been processed through the market manager so a customer would come in, they’d have to hunt me down and find me in order to process EBT.”
Tipper says the change is temporary and will make the shopping experience better.
“It’s easier for the customer that the individual businesses doing that because then at that point the customer can just go right up to the business and shop.”
Tipper says although the process is an inconvenience the community should know that their business is not only appreciated its important.
“Last summer alone we did, just at our location, we did $17,000 between Double Up Food Bucks and EBT and you know that’s a lot of food that people were able to have in their homes.”
Market management says they are not sure how long the process will take but they want EBT card holders to remember that it’s not permanent.