Lehigh Valley Fresh Food Bucks for Local Fruits and Vegetables

Residents eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamp program, can use their EBT/ACCESS card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating locations, and BFBLGLV will match every dollar spent (up to $10 per day).

 

 

2018 Winter Locations include:

Northampton County:

Easton Farmers Market
Chruch Street Parking Lot behind the Easton Public Market, Easton, PA 18042
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon (Jan – Apr)
SNAP/EBT accepted marketwide. Visit the info tent for SNAP tokens.

Easton Public Market
325 Northampton St, Easton
Wed-Sat, 9am–7pm; Sun, 9am–3pm
Use your EBT/Access card at the Highmark Farmstand and receive up to $10 in Double SNAP tokens to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

12th St Market and Deli (A Lehigh Valley Healthy Corner Store)
1201 Bushkill St, Easton
Mon-Sat, 7am-7pm; Sun, 8am-5pm

The Farm Market @ NCC
3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
2nd Floor College Center
Beginning of November – End of April
SNAP/EBT accepted marketwide. Visit the info tent for SNAP tokens.

Nature’s Way Market
143 Northampton St, Easton
Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12-4pm

Lehigh County:

Jayden Grocery and Deli (A Lehigh Valley Healthy Corner Store)
802 S. 8th St, Allentown
Open daily, 7am-7pm

 

More Locations Coming Soon!

The Double SNAP program is made possible by funding from the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives grant program, Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation, a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation 50th Anniversary Spark Grant, and support from the Kellyn Foundation, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Greater Easton Development Partnership. 

 

“In the winter of 2014/2015, I went from having three part-time jobs to zero jobs… I was surprised to learn that even when I picked up one, and then another, part-time job, working 40+ hours per week, I still fell slightly short of what I needed every months to pay my bills. I have been a recipient of SNAP benefits since May 2015… going to the Easton Farmers’ Market every Saturday was often times what I most looked forward to in a week… And being able to offer $20 of SNAP to get $40 back to spend at the market— that was exceptionally helpful to me. The first time the folks from the market explained it to me, I thought I misunderstood. Was it too good to be true? Can I really come here and buy such beautiful veggies and have my food assistance DOUBLED? When it was hard to get out of bed some days, being able to make a beautiful fresh, healthy meal for myself was incredibly important on my path to self-care. It was possible because of Buy Fresh Buy Local working with SNAP.”

—JK, 1/19/2016

Other ways that BFBLGLV is working to improve fresh food access in low-income neighborhoods:

BFBLGLV has been instrumental in helping farmers register with the USDA to accept SNAP Benefits and working with community organizations to establish farm share programs & farm stands in the following low-income neighborhoods.

BFBLGLV also established the market-wide EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) program at the Easton Farmers’ Market, allowing all farmers to accept SNAP benefits for eligible products.

BFBLGLV works with community-based organizations and agencies to connect consumers eligible for Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to local foods. For example, the Hispanic Center Farm Stand was conveniently located near the county WIC office and a senior center, making fresh, local produce easily accessible for those looking to use the vouchers. Check the Fresh Food Finder and Local Foods Guide to see if your farmer accepts FMNP vouchers.

For more information, contact:
Allison Czapp, BFBLGLV Outreach Coordinator
allison@nurturenaturecenter.org
610-216-7659

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