In cooperation with the Oregon Food Bank, we are excited to launch a new program aimed at supporting low-income families with purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables. The Double Up Food Bucks Oregon Grocery Pilot Program is a nutrition incentive program that matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds to enable SNAP shoppers to purchase more fruits and vegetables. Shoppers will receive a matching credit for every dollar spent on fresh produce – up to $10 per visit.
This program is possible thanks to a $1.5 million investment approved by the State of Oregon in the 2019-2021 biennial budget, and the collaborative expertise of the Farmers Market Fund, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Farmers Markets Association, and the Portland CSA Coalition. The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program has been active at farmer's markets around the state since 2015, and the additional funding expands the program to local grocery stores for the first time.
Cost is often listed as one of the primary challenges facing food insecure households when asked about barriers to eating fruits and vegetables at home. We are grateful for the opportunity to expand access to healthy food through the Double Up Food Bucks model. In combination with our commitment to support local farmers, participation in the Double Up Food Bucks program is one of the ways we hope to achieve our vision to make local, organic food readily available to all residents of the Rogue Valley.
Participation in the Double Up Food Bucks program is open to all EBT cardholders. To participate in the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program at Medford Food Co-op, please click the button below to sign up. Sign up forms are also available in-store. Once your DUFB account has been created, we will email you to confirm benefits are available. If you have any questions or concerns about Double Up Food Bucks, please contact Outreach Manager Halle Riddlebarger at firstname.lastname@example.org.