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Englewood FM manager Lee and SNAP Manager Amy
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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

View our Fresh Access Bucks brochure to learn more!

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

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NEWS!

 

2017 Florida Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Training Schedule

We are excited to announce the 2017 Florida Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Training Schedule for growers offered through Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness (FNW).

Training is REQUIRED FOR ALL GROWERS who would like to participate in the 2017 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Each meeting will last approximately 75 minutes. Paper checks will be used for the 2017 program.

The complete FMNP Grower’s Training Schedule is below or click here for a flier with detailed information such as time and location.

February 21 – Gainesville
February 22 – Jacksonville
February 22 – Bushnell
February 23 – St. Augustine
February 24 – Lake City
February 28 – Tallahassee
March 7 – Marianna
March 7 – Chipley
March 8 – Panama City
March 8 – Milton
March 9 – Pensacola
March 9 – Crestview

Free Farmers Market Manager workshops this spring!

We are excited to announce the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness will be hosting Farmers Market Manager workshops this Spring!

The workshops are free to market managers and other pertinent market staff. The mission of the workshops are to provide attendees with tools to expand market capabilities, while creating a better connection with your customer base.

Scheduled workshops so far:

January 9 – Leon County
January 19 – Jackson County
January 23 – Escambia County
February 6 – Alachua County

Find out more information about the FMNP program including how to qualify here.

The following counties participate in FMNP: Alachua, Bay, Columbia, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Sumter and Washington.

The workshops are provided through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program grant.

 

Attention SNAP shoppers…you could win more Fresh Access Bucks!

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) and ten of its Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) farmers markets are participating in a 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 SNAP shoppers.

From January through the end of April, 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!

Participating markets in Florida include:

North Central
Alachua County Farmers Market

Northeast
Riverside Farmers Market
Beaches Green Market

Central
Brevard County Farmers Market
St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
Southwest
Englewood Farmers Market
Venice Farmers Market
Southeast
Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market 
Bee Heaven Farm at Pinecrest Farmers Market
SW Community Farmers Market
Upper East Side Farmers Market

View the promotion flyer here!

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 info@freshaccessbucks.com for more information.

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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.

 

We are now accepting new market applications. Please apply via the application below and send to info@freshaccessbucks.com

Fresh Access Bucks Application (for farmers markets)

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