Applications are now open for farmers markets that are interested in beginning to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program during the 2017 market season.
Double Up Food Bucks 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. FFN’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.
Application Process for Farmers Markets
For the purpose of this application, FFN defines a farmers markets as a site where locally grown fruits and vegetables are direct marketed to customers and where site administrators reimburse individual vendors for food assistance sales.
Applications are now closed for farmers markets to begin participating in the 2017 program year. We encourage markets that are interested in participating in 2018 to become authorized to accept SNAP and gain experience in implementing that program during the 2017 market season. This will help prepare your market for applying to participate in Double Up during the next application cycle.
Farmers markets that participated during the 2016 season do NOT need to reapply.
Please contact MIFMA at 517-432-3381 with any questions about applying.
Program Requirements for Farmers Markets:
To qualify to participate in the Double Up program, farmers markets must:
- Be able to accept SNAP benefits- If your market does not yet accept SNAP, MIFMA offers a series of resources to help you get started. Visit http://mifma.org/snap/ to learn more.
- Have an SNAP Permit number from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) by March 20, 2017
- Have a point-of-sale device and SNAP currency in their possession by April 1, 2017
- 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 Double Up implementation
Priority will be given to markets who:
- Have demonstrated experience accepting SNAP benefits (minimum one season of experience is preferred)
- Are providing increased access to fresh fruits and vegetable for low-income consumers in communities not currently being served by the Double Up program
For Direct Marketing Sites
Other direct markets sites that do not reimburse individual vendors for food assistance sales, like farm stands, food share programs and CSA farms, will be invited to participate in the program and apply through a separate application. If your farm or business has direct-to-consumer sales and is interested in learning more about Double Up, please follow this link to submit your contact information to Fair Food Network: https://fairfood.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aVLt40o0MZ82Zfv.