For Food Assistance Clients

What kind of food assistance benefits can be used at Michigan Farmers Markets?

Three kinds of food assistance benefits are widely accepted at farmers markets throughout Michigan: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits which are distributed on the Michigan Bridge Card, WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH (formerly Senior Project FRESH).

Many of the markets that accept the Bridge Card also participate in an incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks which matches the amount of SNAP benefits spent at the farmers market, up to $20 per market day. Matching funds can be used to purchase fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables.To find out more about this program and for a list of participating markets, visit www.doubleupfoodbucks.org.

Other unique forms of food assistance programs take place at a variety of farmers markets in Michigan. To find out what is accepted at your local farmers market, visit the market and talk with the market manager, a staff person or a volunteer.

WIC Project FRESH

WIC Project FRESH is a program that provides clients of the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables with the goal of expanding the awareness, use of and sales at farmers markets. Eligible WIC clients receive coupons worth $2.00 each that they can spend with participating vendors and/or farmers markets that sell fresh, Michigan grown produce. This program is administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). At the national level, this program is called the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

For more information on how to receive these benefits, visit your local WIC office.

To find a farmers market that accepts these benefits, visit the Find a Farmers Market feature of this website.

Market FRESH

Market FRESH is a program that provides seniors with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables with the goal of expanding the awareness, use of and sales at farmers markets. At the national level, this program is called the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  This program is administered by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. Eligible seniors receive coupons worth $2.00 each that they can spend with participating vendors and/or farmers markets that sell fresh, Michigan grown produce.

For more information on how to receive these benefits, contact the Lead Agency in your county.

To find a farmers market that accepts these benefits, visit the Find a Farmers Market feature of this website.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutritional assistance program. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase any approved food or food product for human use or seeds and plants for use in a home garden to produce food for personal use.

To determine if you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, see the Michigan Assistance Referral Service.

To apply to receive SNAP benefits visit the MI Bridges website.

To find a farmers market that accepts these benefits, visit the Find a Farmers Market feature of this website.

Fruit and Vegetable Resources

Project FRESH Michigan Availability Guide

Get FRESH Cookbook

Get FRESH too Cookbook

How Much Should I Buy?- Project FRESH Guide for purchasing fresh produce for cooking

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