SpartanNash leading major food retailer to offer SNAP customers easier, affordable access to healthy fruits, vegetables
From apples to zucchini, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly known as food stamps — participants can earn additional dollars for purchasing produce from April 2 to Dec. 31 through the Double Up Food Bucks™ program.
The Double Up Food Bucks program is a public-private partnership administered by Fair Food Network with support provided by federal, state and private sources. Participating under the Family Fare banner, SpartanNash is the only major grocery retail chain in the state with multiple stores participating in the Double Up program.
With 17 Family Fare locations throughout Western, Southern and Northern Michigan taking part in Double Up Food Bucks, it’s 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.
For each dollar of fresh produce SNAP customers purchase using their Bridge Card and yes account, an equivalent amount of dollars will be earned and placed on their yes account. Shoppers can then redeem the dollars for free fruits and vegetables at participating Family Fare locations. Each point is valued at $1, with a maximum dollar-for-dollar match of $20 per day on their yes account.
**New for 2017: Double Up Food Bucks dollars can be earned by purchasing any fresh produce. This is a change from last year, when dollars were only earned by buying Michigan-grown produce.**
For more specifics on how the program works, visit ShopFamilyFare.com/DUFB.
This is the fourth year SpartanNash has offered the Double Up Food Bucks program at its Family Fare Supermarkets. In 2016, the number of participating stores more than tripled– up from two in 2014 and five in 2015. In 2017, the same 17 Family Fare stores are again participating in the Double Up program.
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.
Last year, the program was available at more than 150 farmers markets and 30 additional grocery stores in Michigan, the majority of which are SpartanNash’s independent customers. For more information on the Double Up Food Bucks program at the 17 Family Fare locations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 DUFB 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.