The Double Up Food Bucks produce incentive program is a national model for healthy food incentives, active in 23 states with support from federal, state and private sources.
The Double Up Food Bucks program enables Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to earn free produce when they buy fresh fruits and vegetables with their SNAP benefit at participating retailers.
In partnership with Fair Food Network, SpartanNash has offered the Double Up Food Bucks program at select Family Fare Supermarkets since 2014, expanding the program to multiple banners for the first time in 2017. SpartanNash is the largest grocery retailer to offer the program in Michigan, investing in the technology to easily activate the program with customers’ yes accounts.
In 2018, a total of 46 SpartanNash corporate-owned stores throughout Michigan participate in Double Up Food Bucks, making it easier than ever for SNAP store guests to take advantage of the program – and double their buying power when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.
To ensure funding for the program throughout the year, Fair Food Network has paused the Double Up Foods Bucks benefit for April and May of 2018. SNAP customers with Double Up points on their yes accounts can still redeem their points, but will not earn new points until the program resumes June 1, 2018.
SpartanNash is committed to corporate responsibility, including environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The Double Up Food Bucks program exemplifies this commitment by providing SNAP customers with easier and more affordable access to healthy produce as well as supporting our local communities and Michigan farmers.
Did you know? According to a 2015 survey of 52 Family Fare SNAP customers, 88 percent are more likely to eat more produce as a result of the Double Up Food Bucks program. Participants also indicated they purchased more fresh produce because of the Double Up program.
Want a chart showing which fruits and vegetables are available in Michigan during which months? Want more information on how to store, prepare, cook or preserve Michigan’s great fruits and vegetables? Check out MSU Extension’s Michigan Availability Guide and Michigan Fresh Fact Sheets.