Hunger in Oregon is a problem that can’t be ignored. Although the economy has improved for some, we still live in a state where 1 in 6 of our neighbors faces food insecurity.
Double Up Food Bucks began with a simple idea: that everyone deserves access to fresh, local produce from their neighborhood farmers market. With this in mind, we created a program in 2010 that would increase the spending power of shoppers using SNAP benefits (the program formerly known as food stamps).
Every time someone receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) shops at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Double Up Food Bucks gives them an extra $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables. That means more food in the pantry. That means more sales for our family farmers. And it means a healthier community:
Quotes from program recipients:
“I have a chronic health condition, so fresh veggies and fruits help to give me a better quality of life. The only way I can afford fresh produce is through this program.”
“This program is actually helping my kids grow! They have eaten more fruit this summer than ever before.”
“I feel much more connected to the community and to the food I eat when I buy fresh and local from the farmers market. Thank you!”
SNAP recipients who use their benefits at farmers markets bring our tax dollars back to Oregon, into the pockets of small farmers and into our economy, instead of into the hands of food manufacturers. For every one dollar spent, an additional dollars in federal funds comes back to our family farmers and one child is eating broccoli instead of potato chips for dinner.
Processed food does not have to be the only option for families on food stamps. Please support Double Up Food Bucks at Hollywood Farmers Market to ensure all Oregonians have access to healthy, fresh, local produce!
Thank you to our sponsors!
We also accept individual donations of all sizes! Even just a $20 donation means that 2 families will be able to afford fresh local produce for dinner. Donations can be made by Paypal here, in person by cash or check at the Hollywood Farmers Market information booth, or mailed to PO Box 13233, Portland, OR 97213.