Applications Open to Begin Participating in Double Up Food Bucks Program in 2015

Applications are now open for farmers markets and farm stands that are interested in beginning to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program during the 2015 market season. 

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is a program of Fair Food Network (FFN), a national nonprofit pioneering solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food -especially in our most underserved communities. Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program makes it easier for low-income Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting family farmers and growing local economies. The Double Up program provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating locations.  In 2014, the program was active in more than 150 sites across Michigan and has become a model for healthy food incentives. The program has a broad base of support from more than 40 private and community foundations, as well as several corporations.
Program Requirements: To qualify, farmers markets and farm stands must:
  • Be able to accept SNAP benefits (minimum one season of experience is preferred, but not required)
  • Have an SNAP Permit number from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) by January 30, 2015
  • Have a point of sale device and SNAP currency in their possession by March 30, 2015
  • Demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity to handle the associated accounting and reporting
  • Have written support to participate in the program from their governing and/or fiscal organization (if different from the market operations organization)
  • Have a designated market manager or staff person responsible for DUFB

Application Process: Complete an online application at http://msucarrs.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pQj9sFv7BbNVDD and send supporting materials to Emily Syrja at the Michigan Farmers Market Association at office@mifma.org.

Applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015. Early applications are appreciated.

For more information about the program and to preview the questions that will be asked on the online application, view the 2015 DUFB Farmers Market and Farm Stand Application. Applications must be submitted online.

Please contact MIFMA at 517-432-3381 with any questions about applying.

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