Posted: July 3, 2019
The health food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) began at Iowa farmers markets in 2016 to help low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables while supporting farmers and growing local economies.
In 2018, Double Up Food Bucks was available at 14 locations across Iowa, including 11 farmers markets and three grocery stores. In 2019, Double Up Food Bucks is expected to reach as many as 150,000 residents in 14 famers markets and 19 grocery stores in 12 counties across Iowa – including the Oneota Community Food Co-op and Winneshiek Farmers Market.
How it works
Double Up Food Bucks provides participants in the SNAP program with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. (SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.)
How to participate
Visit participating locations (Oneota Community Food Co-op, Winneshiek Farmers Market, Fareway Decorah). Pick out your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. For every $1 you spend on fresh produce with your SNAP EBT card you will earn $1 in Double Up Food Bucks. Earn up to $10 in Double Up Food Bucks per day. Use your Double Up Food Bucks to buy LOCALLY-GROWN, fresh produce at the Co-op and Winneshiek Farmers Market. Use them immediately, or save them for later.
Double Up Food Bucks can be obtained and redeemed at any participating location in Iowa! For more information visit iowahealthieststate.com/double-up-food-bucks.
About Oneota Community Food Co-op
Located in downtown Decorah, Oneota Community Food Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store specializing in local, organic, and sustainably produced products since 1974. For over four decades, the Co-op has been the leading provider of whole foods at a reasonable cost, with an emphasis on organic, local and bulk foods. Roughly $.45 of every dollar spent at the Co-op stays within 100 miles of the store. Stop in and see us at 312 West Water Street in Decorah, or online at www.oneotacoop.com.