SNAP DOUBLES BENEFITS

 


Approximately eighty NM farmers’ markets, farm stands, grocery stores, and mobile markets will participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program (DUFB) this year. This is a statewide project providing incentives to encourage healthier food choices for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients which directly benefits low-income families as well as local farmers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association secured funds from the State of NM as well as the USDA to fund this program until 2019 and are currently seeking funding to continue this program beyond 2019. Locally, SNAP recipients can reap the benefits of the DUFB program at three different sites - the Aztec Farmers’ Market, the Farmington Growers’ Market, and Sutherland Farms Market.

The way the program works is quite simple. For every dollar spent, SNAP recipients will receive an equal amount to be spent on fresh, NM grown fruits and vegetables. For example, if you spend $10 from your SNAP EBT card at a participating farmers’ market, you will receive another $10 to buy fresh, NM grown fruits and vegetables. When a SNAP recipient comes to the farmers’ market, they will be directed to the market information booth where their card will be swiped for any amount requested. They will receive the amount requested in $1 wooden tokens to be spent at the vendor booths for any take home food item or plant that produces food. In addition, the market booth will match their requested amount with $2 silver tokens that they may spend only on fresh NM grown fruits and vegetables at any DUFB participating farmers’ market throughout the state. At farm stand locations like Sutherland Farms Market, SNAP recipients will indicate to the cashier that they will be paying with their EBT card and they will receive half off of all fresh fruits and vegetables purchased.


With this program, two goals are met - low income families have access to fresher, healthy foods while supporting the local economy and farmers. For more information, go to http://www.DoubleUpNM.org

Aztec Farmers’ Market: Every Wednesday, 4:30-7pm; Westside Plaza 1409-W. Aztec Blvd; Contact person, Pauline Pao, 334-3290, [email protected]

Farmington Growers’ Market: Saturday 8am-12pm; Tuesday 4-6pm, Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St., Contact person, Bonnie Hopkins, 334-9496, [email protected]

Sutherland Farms Market: thru October 31; Monday-Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm. Contact person, D’rese Sutherland 505-334-3578, [email protected]

 

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