by Greg Mach - posted 11:01 am, July 7, 2015
FIELD & FORK NETWORK
—-For Immediate Release—-
Field & Fork Network, a local non-profit organization, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) incentive Double Up Food Bucks WNY to more farmers markets across the region this season. Families and individuals who rely on food assistance will have a little bit extra to spend this season on fresh New York State (NYS) grown fruits and vegetables from now until October 31, 2015 at 15 participating farmers markets across 5 WNY counties.
Double Up Food Bucks WNY is a robust SNAP incentive program that provides a $1 for $1 match – up to $20 per market visit per day – for anyone who chooses to spend their SNAP dollars at a participating farmers market. The Double Up Food Bucks incentive dollars can only be used to purchase NYS grown fruits and vegetables. In 2014, Field & Fork Network in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest NY, piloted the Double Up Food Bucks program at 7 local farmers markets with outstanding results. There was a 219% increase in SNAP purchases and a 415% increase in overall food assistance purchases at participating farmers markets. There were over 3000+ SNAP transactions completed and more than 1,000+ new SNAP customers came out to the markets to shop during the 16 week pilot.
Many customers who used Double Up Food Bucks WNY during the 2014 pilot said they benefited from the program. More than 90% of customers surveyed said they were purchasing more fruits and vegetables and 93% of customers said they were eating more fruits and vegetables as a result of the program. Additionally, the Double Up Food Bucks WNY program allows for federal food assistance dollars to be redirected into the local food and farming community. More than 70% of participating farmers said they were making more money and 62% of farmers reported having a new customer base as a result of the program.
“We feel fortunate to bring a program like Double Up Food Bucks to WNY where there is a need for greater access to fresh, affordable foods in many of our urban and rural communities. And the redirection of federal food assistance dollars into our local food and agriculture economy and into the hands of our local farmers is a bonus!” states Lisa Tucker, Co-founder and Executive Director of Field & Fork Network.
The following philanthropic foundations and corporations provide funding for the Double Up Food Bucks WNY SNAP incentive program; the John R. Oshei Foundation, Univera Healthcare, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, East Hill Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, First Niagara Foundation and M&T Bank.
The Double Up Food Bucks WNY is available from July 1, 2015-October 31, 2015. Below is a complete list of Double Up Food Bucks WNY participating farmers markets for 2015. For more information please visit www.fieldandforknetwork.com.
Double Up Food Bucks WNY Farmers Markets
Southern Tier Farmers Market – Belmont
32 Willets Avenue
Southern Tier Farmers Market – Franklinville
13 Park Square
Southern Tier Farmers Market – Olean
1900 Constitution Avenue
Southern Tier Farmers Market – Salamanca
12 Park Avenue
R.E.A.P. Olean Farmers Market
Walmart Plaza, 3142 W. State Street
Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market
Cherry Street between 3rd & 2nd Streets
Fredonia Farmers Market
Church Street, Downtown Fredonia
Clinton Bailey Farmers Market
1443-1517 Clinton Street
Downtown Buffalo Country Market
Main Street between Court St. & Church St.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8am-2:30pm
ECMC Farmers Market at Grider St.
Across the street from Erie County Medical Center
Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market
Corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway
Massachusetts Avenue Project – Mobile Market
MAP Farm Stand 389 Massachusetts Ave Tuesdays 4-7 pm
Gerard Place 2515 Bailey Ave Wednesdays 11am-1pm
FLARE 307 Leroy Ave Wednesdays 4-6 pm
Harmac Medical Products 2201 Bailey Ave Thursdays 11am-1pm
Elim Christian Fellowship 70 Chalmers Ave Thursdays 4-7 pm
The Salvation Army 960 Main St Fridays 11am-1pm
North Buffalo Farmers Market
1113 Hertel Avenue
Lockport Community Market
Historic Canal Street
North Tonawanda Farmers Market
Robinson Street near Payne Avenue