Currently, our market has an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machine so our low-income shoppers can spend their SNAP benefits at our vendors’ booths. A patron comes to the information booth, runs their card through the machine, and is given coins to be spent at the market. The coins can be used at any market day, so if a person does not spend them all in one day, they can come back and spend them the following Saturday.
Here’s how Double Bucks works: A patron using SNAP benefits comes to the North City Farmers’ Market and runs their card through the EBT machine. Let’s say they run their card for $10. Under Double Bucks, they immediately receive an additional $10, thus doubling their purchasing power at the market!
This is not an experimental concept. Double Bucks programs exist throughout the United States. This program has been in operation for only a few years but has been enormously successful at markets in Kansas City and Detroit, helping low-income shoppers gain access to healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables and helping markets grow and expand. In just a few years the Beans and Greens program in Kansas City grew from 2 markets taking SNAP to over $150,000 in double bucks at 15 markets! By bringing this to the North City Farmers’ Market, our shoppers will be able to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables and our vendors will see an increase in sales. Everybody wins.
Your support will help our market grow and it will help many residents of Old North gain improved access to fresh and healthy food at an affordable price. Click HERE to go to SNAP 2 IT! Double bucks program for food stamps to donate and learn more. And remember, the market has 10 more Saturdays for you to come and get some delicious food, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. right in the heart of Old North, at Crown Square!
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