Fresh Bucks provides customers who receive SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps” and often referred to as “EBT”) with extra buying power.
How it Works
The Bremerton Farmers Market will give $2 for every $5 spent by a SNAP cardholder each market day – with no limit!
- GO: Find the Fresh Bucks sign at the Market’s Info booth
- SWIPE: your SNAP/EBT card and receive matching funds in EBT tokens
- MATCH: Receive $2 more for every $5 of EBT spent – with no limit!
- SHOP: Buy more fruits and vegetables
Once you receive your Fresh Bucks from the Market’s Info booth, you may visit any vendor who sells EBT-eligible foods (such as fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, eggs, etc.) to make your purchase. No change will be given for EBT tokens.
Why Fresh Bucks?
Breaking down food barriers while building a healthy economy
Cost is often cited as a key barrier to eating recommended quantities of fruits and vegetables. Fresh Bucks addresses the related issues of hunger and obesity by promoting healthy choices while reducing food insecurity:
- Giving SNAP shoppers a bonus for using their benefits promotes shopping at farmers markets.
- Fresh Bucks can only be used to purchase EBT-eligible foods, with dollars going directly to local farmers and vendors.
- Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Reducing the risk of disease decreases healthcare costs, increases productivity, and gives youth a healthy start!
- These positive outcomes bring more SNAP users to the markets, generating economic stimulus in the local community.
The USDA estimates that every dollar of SNAP food stamp benefits results in $1.79 in economic stimulus. When SNAP and Fresh Bucks are spent at our farmers market, that’s money that directly supports our local farmers and our local food economy.
For more information on the Fresh Bucks program please visit www.westsoundmarkets.org