About Fresh Access Bucks
Fresh Access Bucks makes fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to low income families while supporting Florida’s farmers and enhancing our local economies. It does so by increasing the purchasing power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants by providing a one-to-one match for Florida grown fruits and vegetables. A SNAP cardholder who spends $10 of their SNAP benefits at a participating market receives an additional $10 to purchase fresh, local produce.
Fresh Access Bucks:
- Expands access to affordable, healthy foods
- Increases fruit and vegetable consumption
- Enhances local economies, market and farm viability
- Helps strengthen community
Our Eat Local Florida guide is packed with information on the benefits of eating local!
The FAB Team
Katie Delaney – Fresh Access Bucks Co-Manager
Mary Hathaway – Fresh Access Bucks Co-Manager
Xanna Prentice – EBT Project Manager and SNAP Tech Support Coordinator
Random Control Trial offers opportunity to win more Fresh Access Bucks
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) and ten of its Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) farmers markets are participating in a Random Control Trial (RCT) and national evaluation managed by Wholesome Wave (WW) and the University of Delaware (UD) to contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers.
From January through the end of March, SNAP shoppers can complete a ticket at participating markets (see below) for a chance to win additional Fresh Access Bucks incentives toward the purchase of Florida grown fruits and vegetables. All entrants will be emailed or sent a text message to participate in a web or phone-based survey. Upon completion, they’ll be entered into a raffle to win additional Fresh Access Bucks!
The RCT is an opportunity for SNAP participants to complete a food access survey through the University of Delaware. Two out of three participants win additional incentives at 1.5 or 2 ratio with no cap for the entire month. For example, someone wins the 1.5 ratio and swipe his or her SNAP card for $100, he or she also gets $150 in FAB tokens toward Florida-grown fruits and vegetables. If he or she wins the 2 ratio, he or she gets an additional $200 in FAB tokens.
They survey data will help researchers with information related to food purchases and eating behaviors. The information provided will be combined with data information from thousands of other shoppers across the country in order to perform statistical analyses that will help decision-makers understand how a bonus program to increase SNAP benefits might encourage purchases of fruits and vegetables, benefitting both consumers and farmers.
Participating markets in Florida include:
Alachua County Farmers Market
SNAP Tech Support for Florida Farmers Markets
We are excited to offer SNAP Tech Support, a program that offers guidance, advice and resources for Florida farmers and farmers markets interested in accepting SNAP benefits (formally known as food stamps).
If you’re interested in growing your customer base, increasing your sales, expanding access to healthy foods, and strengthening your local community and farms, then accepting SNAP as a payment option might be right for you!
See the flier below for more details and learn how you can start accepting SNAP. Contact Xanna Prentice at (352) 377-6355 or email email@example.com for more information.
Funding for this project was provided by the Farmers Market SNAP Support Grant (FMSSG). Read more about the grant here!
We hope to increase the ability of Florida farmers and farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Learn more about this grant by visiting our blog.