Food Access

DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS – COLORADO
CFMA participates in a statewide partnership implementing Double Up Food Bucks Colorado with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables among SNAP recipients (see next paragraph). With Double Up, SNAP recipients will receive up to $20 in Colorado grown fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets or select retailers. Scroll through  LiveWellColorado to find a complete list and map of all market partners, and a helpful FAQ.


SNAP
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low- and no-income people living in the U.S. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though benefits are distributed by individual U.S. states. They can be used to purchase any prepackaged edible foods, regardless of nutritional value (e.g. soft drinks and confections). Hot foods (such as those found in a supermarket deli) are ineligible, as well as items in fast food restaurants and similar retail settings. Read More…

SNAP RESOURCES
From SNAP Authorization sessions in January 2017

SNAP Authorzied Market Responsibilities

Step by Step Instructions for Online Application

Attracting SNAP Customers to Your Farmers Markets

Free EBT Equipment from Farmers Market Coalition  and Application

Also  SNAP to Skills (S2S) is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is designed to provide States the technical assistance, tools and resources they need to build more effective and job-driven SNAP E&T programs.

From CFMA 2016 Annual Meeting

  • SNAP in Farmers Markets, presentation by Zora Cobb: PPT
  • Farmers Market EBT presentation by Lauren Bell: PPT
  • Overview of Boulder County Harvest Bucks Program PPT
  • Using SNAP in Farmers Markets PPT

OTHER RESOURCES

Understanding the SNAP Program (pdf)
from FoodPolicyNetworks.org and John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Extension information for farmers markets: