Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks

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Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is coming to a select group of farmers markets – including the Perry and Lutheran Services in Iowa farmers markets – starting July 1, 2016. Double Up matches the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at participating farmers markets, helping people bring home healthier, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Double Up Food Bucks?
How do I use my EBT card at the Perry or LSI 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?

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Many thanks to program sponsors, United Way of Central Iowa and Principal Financial Group.