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Double Up Food Bucks 2014 Year End Report

Cheryl Bilinski, Local Food Systems Specialist, Farm to School Lead

June 19, 2015
Double Up Food Bucks 2014 Year End Report

Using philanthropic funds, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets up to $20/market/day. The program aims to improve access to and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income families and grow the local economy by supporting purchases from local farmers.

Piloted in 2014, the DUFB program is viewed as a tremendous success in meeting program goals. Below is a brief overview of the program success realized at participating markets in 2014:

  • 219% increase in SNAP sales sales
  • 415% increase in total food assistance dollars (SNAP + DUFB)
  • 1,000+ new customers to the market
  • 90% of customers have increased the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they are buying
  • 87% of customers have increased trips to the farmers markets
  • 93% of customers are eating more fruits and vegetables
  • 70% farmers say they are making more money
  • 62% reported they have a new customer base

The program is made possible by the generous support of the following foundations: John R Oishei Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, First Niagara Foundation, Univera, East Hill Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, M&T Foundation, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. 

2014 DUFB Year End Report (pdf; 142KB)

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