Double Up Food Bucks



Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is expanding to six additional locations in central Iowa. Double Up Food Bucks increases low-income shoppers’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables while supporting Iowa growers.

The Double Up program matches the value of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) purchases made at participating farmers markets with additional dollars to spend on fresh, locally grown produce. For instance, a family that spends $10 in SNAP benefits at a participating farmers market receives an additional $10 in Double Up Food Bucks to purchase Iowa-grown fruits and vegetables.

The wins are three-fold: low-income families eat healthier food, local farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a ripple effect of benefits.

You can find Double Up Food Bucks at the following locations in central Iowa:

LSI Global Greens Farmers Market
Lutheran Services in Iowa Parking Lot, 3116 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturdays, 9a-1-pm, May – October

West Des Moines Valley Junction Farmers Market
301 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Thursdays 4-8:30pm, May – September

Beaverdale Farmers Market
4100-4200 Urbandale Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30p, June – September

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market
24th St between Cottage Grove & Drake Park Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursdays 4:30pm-7:30pm, June – July

Johnston Farmers Market 
Johnston City Hall Parking Lot, 6221 Merle Hay Rd in Johnston
Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm, May through October


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Double Up Food Bucks?
How do I use my EBT card at the farmers market?
How do I get Double Up Food Buck tokens?
What can I buy with my DUFB tokens and my SNAP EBT Card benefits?
Why can I only buy Iowa-grown fruit and vegetables with my DUFB?
Do I have to sign up for something?
What if I don't want to spend all my tokens today?
Why can I only get $10 per market day?
Can I use DUFB anywhere else?
Is it really free? Where does the money come from?
What is a EBT Card and how can I get one?



Many thanks to program sponsor United Way of Central Iowa and partner Healthiest State Initiative