Utahns Against Hunger is now inviting SNAP-authorized farmers markets and farm stands to apply to participate in the 2017 Utah Double Up Food Bucks season, expected to run from June 1 – October 31.
Double Up Food Bucks is an innovative healthy food SNAP incentive program that helps low-income residents take home more fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The program works by matching Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”), dollar-for-dollar, up to ten dollars per market day at participating farmers markets and farm stands across the state of Utah.
In addition to increasing access to healthy food, small farmers gain new customers and more income, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. In short, the program is a win-win-win. (Click here to download a summary of Double Up’s positive impact during the first two seasons).
Last year Double Up was offered at twenty-one farmers markets and farm stands in ten counties across the state. Utahns Against Hunger expects over twenty markets to participate again in 2017. The 2017 season will run from June 1 through October 31.
How to Apply
Farmers markets and farm stands can apply to participate in Double Up by submitting an online application. Download the Application Guide HERE for instructions and a link to the online application form.
Application deadline: March 24, 2017
Please direct any questions to Brian Emerson, Double Up Food Bucks Manager, emerson[at]uah.org or call 801-328-2561