Oh SNAP! Thanks to a partnership with The Portland Area CSA Coalition and The Farmers Market Fund, we are thrilled to take SNAP payments for our 2016 CSA Shares!! And right now, eligible SNAP participants can take advantage of The Double Up Food Bucks Program to increase purchasing power and get up to $200 in matching funds!
Double Up Food Bucks provides matching money to your CSA farmer, making CSA more affordable while helping farmers earn a living. For example, a CSA share normally priced at $650 will only cost you $450 with Double Up Food Bucks. You would pay that $450 with an initial payment of $50 when you sign up and five monthly SNAP payments starting in June of $90 each.
- Double Up Food Bucks are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
- Only available to new CSA members (you, and anyone in your household, must not have been a member of any CSA in 2015).
- Only available to CSA members who pay with SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)
How to use Double Up Food Bucks:
- Sign-up for our CSA and make an initial payment of $50 (cash, check or credit cards/ paypal).
- We will send you a membership agreement that you will need to complete and mail back to the Portland Area CSA Coalition within 2 weeks of signing up.
- That’s it! Once the season begins, the Portland Area CSA Coalition will process your SNAP payments and provide the Double Up Food Bucks directly to the farm.
Double Up Food Bucks for CSA is part of a statewide program that provides SNAP match at around 50 farmers markets and through the Portland Area CSA Coalition. The goal is to double the purchasing power of SNAP participants to buy healthy, local fruit and vegetables. In 2016, the Coalition has $20,000 and will help at least 100 families participating in SNAP to purchase a CSA by providing up to $200 each in Double Up Food Bucks. The Coalition believes that farmers thrive and communities are healthy when everyone has access to fresh, local food. Double Up Food Bucks makes being a member of a CSA affordable for everyone while still providing a sustainable income for family farms.
Double Up Food Bucks is funded by Farmers Market Fund, a Portland-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing under-served populations greater access to fresh, locally grown food. The $1.6 million 2-year program has a broad base of support and funding from private and community foundations and USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant.