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Double Up Food Bucks WNY Expands to More Farmers Markets in 2015 Season




—-For Immediate Release—-


Buffalo, NY:

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

Double Up Food Bucks WNY Farmers Markets

Allegany County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Belmont

32 Willets Avenue


Thursdays 11am-5pm

Cattaraugus County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Franklinville

13 Park Square


Wednesdays 3pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Olean

1900 Constitution Avenue


Fridays 2pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Salamanca

12 Park Avenue


Tuesdays 11am-5pm


R.E.A.P. Olean Farmers Market

Walmart Plaza, 3142 W. State Street


Saturdays 8am-1pm


Chautauqua County

Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market

Cherry Street between 3rd & 2nd Streets



Thursdays 12pm-6pm

Fredonia Farmers Market

Church Street, Downtown Fredonia


Saturdays 9am-1pm


Erie County

Clinton Bailey Farmers Market

1443-1517 Clinton Street

Open Year-Round

Summer: May-November

Saturdays 6am-6pm

Sundays 8am-1pm

Mon-Fri 7am-6pm


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


Fridays 10am-3pm


Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

Corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway


Saturdays 8am-1pm


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


Thursdays 3pm-7pm

Niagara County

Lockport Community Market

Historic Canal Street


Saturdays 9am-2pm


North Tonawanda Farmers Market

Robinson Street near Payne Avenue

Year Round

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays 8am-1pm


  • Maggy

    Does Artvoice just post press releases now?