You Can Use SNAP at the Florence Farmers Market
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. SNAP helps supplement monthly food budgets of families with low-income to buy the food they need to maintain good health.
Go Further With SNAP
- Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is a program that “matches” SNAP benefits spent at the Florence Farmers Market (FFM). For every $2 of SNAP benefits, you choose to spend, you’ll get a match of up to $20 in DUFB that you can spend on fruits and vegetables. So, if you spend $20 in SNAP benefits, you’ll get an extra $20 free that you can use to buy more produce.
- When you use your Oregon Trail Card at the FFM, you’ll automatically get an equal value of DUFB up to $20. DUFB are the look and size of a playing card and are worth $2 each for fruits and vegetables.
- Since DUFB are $2 each, make sure you ask for an even number of SNAP benefits so we can give you the full match. If you ask for $5 in SNAP, you’ll only get $4 in DUFB, but if you ask for $6 from your SNAP Card, you’ll get $6 in DUFB.
- You can spend your DUFB on fresh, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and vegetables without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt. This includes mushrooms, herbs, dried beans, vegetable starts and nuts. You can spend your SNAP currency on any SNAP eligible foods at the market such as bread, cheese, meat and produce.
- USDA funding limits the eligible foods to fruits and vegetables only. This is due to research that shows increased consumption of fruits and vegetables improves health and decreases the risk of many chronic diseases.
- If you don’t want to spend all your DUFB, keep them and use them the following week! DUFB are not refundable because they are free. Some people like to save up their DUFB for when their favorite fruit and vegetables are in season, and then buy big quantities to can or freeze. New DUFB currency is printed each calendar year, so be sure to use them before they expire December 31.