At long last, the Double Up Food Bucks program is functioning at Rennhack Orchards Market! This program is funded by the Fair Food Network, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ann Arbor, and it’s a win-win-win proposition! The main goal is to help families eat more healthy foods. Other benefits are that farmers sell more fresh fruits and vegetables, and that money stays in the local communities, strengthening local economies.
Here’s how it works: Families with Michigan Bridge (SNAP/EBT/food stamps) cards shop at participating locations. When they purchase SNAP-eligible foods, that purchase amount is matched up to $20 per day in Double Up Food Bucks. The Double Up Food Bucks can be used then or later to purchase (for free) fresh fruits and vegetables at participating locations.
We are the only participating location in Oceana (and Mason) counties. The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is another participating location in the area. I’m very excited about being able to offer this benefit to people with Bridge cards! The program runs through October 31.