Double Up Food Bucks
The Marquette Food Co-op is proud to announce that we are participating in a national, grant-funded food access program administered by the Fair Food Network, a food justice and sustainability non-profit. The Double Up Food Bucks program offers free produce for Bridge card beneficiaries equal to the amount of Michigan produce they’ve purchased using their card.
The Double Up Food Bucks program is available at over 150 farmers markets and grocery stores across the state of Michigan including the Downtown Marquette and Munising Farmers Markets as well as at several groceries downstate. The grocery program is in a pilot stage and is expected to continue to expand. This marks the first time the program has been extended to a grocery store in the Upper Peninsula.
When a shopper uses their Bridge card to purchase Michigan-grown fresh produce in the store (up to $20 per day) they are given a voucher for the value of the Michigan produce they purchased with their card which can then be redeemed for free fruits and vegetables. For example, if a person spends $10 on Michigan produce they receive a free voucher for another $10 that can be spent on any produce, Michigan grown or not.
The Double Up Food Bucks program effectively doubles the produce buying budget for those using a Bridge card. In addition to making healthy eating more accessible to those in need, the program bolsters local Michigan agriculture economically as at least half of the sales resulting from the program will stay in the state.
The program begins August 1st and runs through the end of the year. There is no additional registration needed, all Bridge card recipients are automatically eligible.