Double-SNAP

DOUBLE your SNAP dollars when you shop at the Farmers’ Market or Mobile Market!

Here’s how it works:

#1

1ST TIME YOU SHOP

Stop at the HCFM Booth at the Farmers’ Market or the Mobile Market. Sign up for the program and we’ll give you an additional $0.50 for every $1 you spend up to $40, plus an additional $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables if you put at least $5 on your EBT card. Money to spend at the Market comes in the form of tokens that don’t expire. All vendors accept tokens for regular SNAP-eligible items.

#2

2ND TIME YOU SHOP

Stop at the HCFM Booth at the Farmers’ Market or Mobile Market. The second time you shop with us you’ll receive an additional $0.75 for every $1 you spend up to $40, plus an additional $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables if you put at least $5 on your EBT card. 

#3

3RD TIME & EVERY TIME AFTER

The third time you use your SNAP card at the Farmers’ Market or Mobile Market and every time after you’ll receive an additional $1 for every $1 you spend up to $40, plus an additional $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables if you put at least $5 on your EBT card. Take full advantage of the program and you can turn $40 into $90 at the Market each week!

What our SNAP Shoppers are saying…

The Double-SNAP program at the Market was a blessing that transformed my family’s diet. At a time when we were only receiving $36/week for food from SNAP we were able to buy around 50% of our household’s food at the Market including apples, cauliflower, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, corn, yellow squash, carrots, green beans, peaches, cucumbers, a loaf of bread, eggs, and sometimes ground pork sausage. Along with the healthy food, at the Hub City Farmers’ Market I found a friendly social atmosphere with kind vendors and, unlike some of my experiences at grocery stores, fellow customers at the Market never treated me differently. 

Jessica Eichman
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the modern “food stamps” program. SNAP provides financial support to in-need people with their food budget. Typically, many of the people on SNAP are supporting families, and many of them are working. When the old food stamp vouchers went away in 2002 in favor of a debit card, farmers markets across the country suddenly were out of the food stamp business. Consequently, the best avenue for healthy produce for in-need families closed. Even today, only a little more than 60% of farmers markets across the country accept SNAP.

In Spartanburg County, there are about 43,000 SNAP users, accounting for $61,000,000 a year in SNAP money. The average benefit breaks down to $1.31/person/meal. In 2013, direct farm and farmers’ markets sales accounted for only $11,000 of the SNAP spent in Spartanburg. We recognize an economic and a public health need to connect farmers and SNAP users, and have worked relentlessly to expand the use of SNAP at our markets. To help increase SNAP use at our markets, we work with the United Way of the Piedmont for a “Double SNAP” program, and with the Department of Social Services for a “Healthy Bucks” program. Both of these programs greatly increase a SNAP family’s food-buying power.

In 2017, HCFM’s Double-SNAP program helped put $43,000 in healthy, local food on tables for low-income families. This $43,000 went directly to our local farmers and vendors, helping to build small businesses.

Please consider donating to support this program.

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Interested in signing up for SNAP?

Questions?

Contact Jamie Gibson at jgibson@hubcityfm.org or (864)585-0905.