ALL ABOUT DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

A: Field & Fork Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program is Western New York’s healthy food incentive program. This program doubles the value of federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) nutrition benefits spent at participating farmers’ markets and mobile markets, helping people bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables.
A: Double Up Food Bucks is an incentive program that provides recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) with a $1 for $1 match to buy fresh, New York-grown fruits and vegetables. The program is a project of Field & Fork Network and is funded by the USDA and several local and regional philanthropic foundations and agencies.
A: It’s easy! Anyone receiving SNAP benefits is automatically eligible: if you have a SNAP EBT Card, you can use this program.
A: Double Up Food Bucks can only be used to purchase New York-grown fruits and vegetables. You can also use Double Up Food Bucks to purchase food bearing plants such as tomato plants, etc.
A: No sign-up is needed. As long as you receive SNAP benefits, you quality for the program!
A: The program is at almost 75+ sites across Western NY! Find a location on our online map or call us at 800-682-5016 to find a participating site near you. You can also see a listing of markets in regional flyers.
A: In most locations, Double Up Food Bucks runs from July 1 through October 31; but we are going to be expanding to year-round sites in 2017. SNAP EBT Card customers can use the program every day that participating locations are open!
A: No, WIC purchases are not eligible for matching Double Up Food Bucks dollars.
A: In order to qualify for a SNAP EBT Card, you must meet certain requirements for income and expenses determined by the State of New York. To see if you qualify and apply for benefits, go to www.mybenefits.ny.gov or call 1-800-342-3009 and press “1” for SNAP. You can also contact your local food bank for information on where to go in your community to apply for benefits, or call the United Way’s 2-1-1 service (dial 2-1-1 on any phone).
A: There are many ways to get involved. We always appreciate help spreading the word and have free flyers and posters about the program in English and Spanish. You can download them on our Resources page, or call 800-682-5016 or email us to get hard copies.
A: In 2014, Field & Fork Network partnered with Fair Food Network to pilot Double Up Food Bucks at 7 local farmers markets in Western NY. In 2015, expanded the program to 15 farmers markets spanning 5 counties. In 2016, Double Up Food Bucks has expanded to almost 75+ sites across Western NY and is funded by the USDA and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant and generous donations from several local and state-level philanthropic foundations and agencies.

FOR CUSTOMERS AT FARMER’S MARKETS & MOBILE MARKETS

A: For every $2 of SNAP benefits customers spend at participating farmers’ markets, customers get $2 of free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on any New Mexico-grown fruits and vegetables, up to $20 per market visit per day. SNAP EBT Card benefits can be spent on any SNAP-eligible items at the farmers’ market including fruits, vegetables, bread, eggs, and meat.
A: SNAP customers can use the program every day that participating locations are open during the Double Up Food Bucks program season, which runs from July 1 through October 31 in most locations. We will be expanding to year-round locations in 2017.
A: At farmers’ markets that use silver Double Up Food Bucks tokens, you must spend a minimum of $2 in SNAP benefits in order to receive the matching $2 in free Double Up Food Bucks (each silver Double Up token is worth $2).
A: There is no limit on how much money SNAP customers can spend from their SNAP EBT Card each day!
A: Most vendors that sell New York-grown fruits and vegetables at participating Double Up farmers’ markets accept Double Up Food Bucks; look for Double Up Food Bucks Accepted Here signs displayed at market stalls, or ask vendors before making a purchase.
A: All of the farmers’ markets run the Double Up program the same way by matching what customers spend in their SNAP benefits with free Double Up Food Bucks silver tokens (each worth $2).
A: You can use the silver Double Up tokens at any participating market in Western New York. For example, you could earn your Double Up Food Bucks in Buffalo but spend them at a participating farmers’ market in Jamestown.
A: Silver Double Up Food Bucks tokens can only be used to purchase New York-grown fruits and vegetables with eligible vendors at participating farmers’ markets. The silver Double Up tokens are given to you for free at the farmers’ market info booth when you use your SNAP benefits to shop at participating farmers’ markets. Each silver Double Up token is worth $2 and has no cash value.

The value of the silver Double Up tokens does not come off your SNAP EBT Card. Double Up silver tokens can only be used for fresh, New York-grown fruits and vegetables.

The SNAP EBT Card tokens can be used to purchase any SNAP-eligible items at the market, including fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, and meats. These tokens must be spent at the market at which you received them. The value of these tokens does come off your SNAP EBT Card.

FOR FARMERS

A: Customers can only use Double Up Food Bucks to buy New York-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and plants that grow edible foods. As always, customers can spend SNAP EBT card currency on almost anything edible at the market, except ready-to-eat prepared foods.
A: Double Up Food Bucks is a program with multiple goals: first is to help low-income families access more fresh, healthy foods, and second is to support local farmers. By restricting Double Up Food Bucks to New York-grown produce, the program helps local farmers boost their incomes, which is great for New York’s economy. Customers can still use regular SNAP Card benefits for other food items, like meats, cheeses, and fresh breads – and because they have twice as much to spend, vendors selling these items will see the benefits of DUFB as an increase in SNAP Card sales.
A: Turn in your DUFB in the same way you turn in SNAP Card currency. The market will reimburse you for all the DUFB tokens you turn in according to normal market policies for SNAP Card reimbursement.
A: Yes! Double Up Food Bucks is a Western New York regional program. There are more than 75+ sites around Western NY participating in Double Up Food Bucks (visit here to find the other sites). Double Up Food Bucks is good at any participating market. SNAP Card tokens (the wooden ones) are only good at the market where they were issued.

FOR FARMERS’ MARKETS

A: To be Double Up Food Bucks farmers’ markets must have a reliable supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and be an EBT retailer by enrolling through the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA. Click here for the FNS application. The location must also have a committed and reliable manager to administer the program and report to the Field & Fork Network. To learn about the requirements please email the program manager.