We Accept and Match SANP/EBT and WIC/Senior Vouchers!
The Jefferson County Farmers Markets (JCFM) match $2 for every $5 you spend on your SNAP/EBT card each market day- no limit!
- GO: to the Market’s Info booth
- SWIPE: your SNAP/EBT card and receive funds in $1 EBT tokens
- MATCH: receive $2 more for every $5 of EBT spent – with no limit!
- SHOP: Buy more fruits and vegetables
Once you receive Fresh Bucks from the Market’s Info booth, visit any vendor who sells EBT-eligible foods (such as fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, eggs, cheese, etc.) to make your purchase. No change will be given for EBT tokens. Use your Fresh Bucks to buy fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, vegetable plant starts and seeds from farm vendors. When JCFM had sufficient community support for our Gimme5 food assistance program, we give EBT shoppers an extra $5 in Gimme5 tokens in addition to Fresh Bucks when you spend $20 or more on your EBT card. Visit the Market booth for more information.
Why Fresh Bucks?
Breaking down food barriers while building a healthy economy
Cost is often cited as a key barrier to eating fruits and vegetables. Fresh Bucks addresses the related issues of hunger and obesity by promoting healthy choices while reducing food insecurity:
- Giving SNAP shoppers a bonus for using their benefits promotes shopping at farmers markets.
- Fresh Bucks can only be used to purchase EBT-eligible fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, vegetable plant starts and seeds, with dollars going directly to local farmers.
- Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Reducing the risk of disease decreases healthcare costs, increases productivity, and gives youth a healthy start!
- These positive outcomes bring more SNAP users to the markets, generating economic stimulus in the local community.
The USDA estimates that every dollar of SNAP food stamp benefits results in $1.79 in economic stimulus. When SNAP and Fresh Bucks are spent at our farmers market, that’s money that directly supports our local farmers and our local food economy.
Learn more about senior nutrition here.