Double-up Food Bucks to be offered in Greenville


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:56 am on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

GREENVILLE — Families who received food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in the Double up Food Bucks at the local Greenville Farmers Market.

According to Gae Donovan-Wolfe, executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Double-up Food Bucks is a program through the Fair Food Network that supplies the means to purchase more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Greenville Farmers Market.

Donovan-Wolfe said the program’s goal is to increase the consumption of healthy food to SNAP recipients while also creating new sale opportunities for local farmers.

When SNAP recipients purchase fruits and vegetables at the Greenville Farmers Market, the amount of money from their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card (also known as a bridge card) is matched up to $20 per visit, she said.

“For example, when a shopper spends $20 on food at the farmers market, he/she receives an additional $20 in funds to use on fresh fruits/vegetables from the market,” Donovan-Wolfe said.

The matching funds are funded by a private grant through the Fair Food Network.

The Greenville Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays and Fridays from May through October.

“Double up Food Bucks is a wonderful way to increase access to healthy food choices for our local families,” Donovan-Wolfe said. “By participating in this program we will help put fruit and vegetables on area kitchen tables and also boost revenues for our farmers.”

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