BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Incentive Program, formerly known as food stamps) incentive program "Double Up Food Bucks" is adding more locations.
The program was piloted at seven WNY farmers markets in 2014 and now has expanded into 24 counties across New York State and has served over 10,000 customers.
The program matches the value of SNAP spent on locally grown fruits and vegetables, up to $20 per day. This provides shoppers with additional funds to bring home more produce.
It operates in farmers markets, mobile markets, farm stands, healthy corner stores, and grocery outlets. For 2020 it is adding new locations in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Franklin, Schenectady, Orleans, and Ulster counties which include:
- Canal Village Market- 127 W. Center Street, Medina
- CCE Veggie Van- Varied Locations, Niagara Falls & Lackawanna
- Creekside Market- 13971 US-62, Collins
- Enchanted Mountains Farmers Market- 1901 Constitution Avenue, Olean
- JCEO Mobile Farmers Market- Varied Locations, Malone
- Kingston Farmers Market- 278 Wall Street, Kingston
- Lewandowski Produce (in the Broadway Market)- 999 Broadway, Buffalo
- Salamanca Farmers Market- 768 Broad Street, Salamanca
- Schenectady Green Market- 105 Jay Street, Schenectady
- Tupper Lake Farmers Market- 320 Park Street, Tupper Lake
“We are thrilled to expand the Double Up Food Bucks program further across New York State,” said Frances McGuire, Double Up Food Bucks Program Manager at Field & Fork Network, which administers the program statewide. “Double Up provides a solution to give New Yorkers access to more healthy food and double their SNAP dollars as we navigate increased food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To view a full list of locations that participate in the program you can visit this website, SNAP shoppers can sign up for the program at any participating location.