Double SNAP for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Double SNAP [Logo]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).

 

2016 Participating Locations include:

Easton:

Easton Farmersʼ Market
Centre Square, Easton
Sat, 9am-1pm; May-Nov
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 at the Easton Farmersʼ Market.

Bethlehem/Hellertown:

Bethlehem Farmersʼ Market
Farrington Square, New & Morton Sts, Bethlehem
Thu, 11am-3pm; May-Oct
SNAP/EBT accepted by Bechdoltʼs Orchard

Bethlehem Public Library Farm Stand
11 W Church St, Bethlehem
Tues, 4pm-6pm; June-Oct

Saucon Valley Farmersʼ Market
Water Street Park, 90 W Water St, Hellertown
Sun, 9am-1pm; May-Nov
SNAP/EBT accepted by Bechdoltʼs Orchard

Slate Belt:

Bangor Farmers’ Market
Market & N. Main Sts, Bangor
Sun, 11am-3pm; May-Oct
SNAP/EBT accepted by Clear Spring Farms

Elvern Farms & The Cider House Gift Shop
506 E Main St, Pen Argyl
Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Additional Locations:

Nazareth Farmersʼ Market
Centre Square, Center St, Nazareth
Sat, 9am-1pm; May-Oct
SNAP/EBT accepted by Clear Spring Farms

Blue Mountain Farm Market
Delaware and Lehigh Trailhead on Main Street, Slatington
Fri,12pm-6pm and Sat, 8am-2pm; May-Oct

More Locations Coming Soon!

logo_united_wayNorthampton County [Logo]The Double SNAP incentive program is made possible by a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, along with funding from the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Northampton County.

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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