Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LiveWell Colorado introduces Double Up Food Bucks Colorado

Double Up Food Bucks Colorado (Double Up Colorado) helps increase access to fresh, Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. When recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shop at participating farmers markets, they can now have their purchase matched with a voucher worth up to $20 per visit to put toward Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables.

Food insecurity is a significant issue in Colorado, with 11 percent of our state’s population living in poverty. Many of these Coloradans rely on food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps), which serves more than 485,000 Coloradans a month. However, most SNAP recipients receive $1.41 per meal or $4.23 per day in benefits, making it a challenge to have enough money to buy food for the whole month.

Double Up Colorado addresses the challenges these families face by increasing the amount of Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables that recipients of SNAP can purchase. Double Up Colorado will be active in 30 farmers markets, 3 food box sites, and 4 small retailers (including Community Supported Agriculture, food co-operatives, corner stores and urban agriculture marketplaces). You’ll find a full list of the participating markets on the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado website.

Double Up Colorado is made possible through a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information about the grant program, please visit the USDA’s resource page.

Please contact Wendy Peters Moschetti (wendymoschetti@livewellcolorado.org) or Amy Nelms (amynelms@livewellcolorado.org) to learn more.

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