Help make local fruits and veggies available to all!
What is Double Up Food Bucks?
Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is a nutrition incentive program that matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits to enable participants to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.
For every dollar spent on SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets, farm share programs (CSAs), and select independently-owned grocery stores (with a focus on stores owned by and serving communities of color) across Oregon, SNAP recipients receive an additional dollar to spend on Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables, up to $10 per visit.
Today, Double Up is more important than ever. Food insecurity in Oregon has nearly doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, with certain communities perpetually experiencing the highest levels of hunger. One in four Oregonians experienced food insecurity in 2020.
What can SB 555 do for families, farmers, and public health in Oregon?
An investment in Senate Bill 555 leads to an increased consumption of fresh food for low income Oregonians. A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps lower the risk of may serious and chronic health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
It creates greater resilience and puts money in the pockets of family farmers.
Double Up Food Bucks is also a perfect investment into our communities, local producers, and local businesses as we work to rebuild Oregon post-pandemic. Every SNAP dollar spent at a farmers market can generate $1.79 in local economic activity!
Why should Oregon fund Double Up Food Bucks?
To provide stability for and allow expansion of a successful program that has proven to provide support for low-income Oregonians.
To leverage additional federal and private sector funds. Farmers Market Fund leveraged the State of Oregon’s $1.5 Million investment in DUFB from 2019 to secure $1.9 Million in federal funding through the federal USDA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program.
Without continued funding, the program will be forced to drastically limit the number of participating sites in the next biennium. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, this scale back would come at at time when SNAP, P-EBT and DUFB are needed most.
Support Double Up Food Bucks Today!
In order to keep Double Up present in Oregon communites, and to expand services to more farmers markets around the state, we need your support. Please tell your legislator today about how Senate Bill 555 is good for Oregonians, family farmers, and local food economies!