About the Program

Double Up Food Bucks: A win for families, farmers & communities

Over 3.5 million Texans rely on federal food assistance via the SNAP program to put food on the table, but often fruits and veggies are still out of reach. Double Up Food Bucks partners with private funders and USDA to double the value of SNAP (Lone Star Cards) spent on produce at participating farmers’ markets and grocery stores, helping people bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables. The wins are three-fold: low-income consumers eat more healthy food, local farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy.

History

In Texas, Double Up Food Bucks is available at over 40 locations and growing each year, thanks to a collaboration of many partners across the state. In 2019, the program is available in the Amarillo, Austin, Houston, Lubbock and Waco areas.

  • Austin: Sustainable Food Center has offered a Double Dollars program at farmers’ markets and farmstands since 2012, thanks to key partners including the City of Austin, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.
  • Dallas: Good Local Markets launched incentives at its farmers market in 2019, thanks to key partners including the Moody Foundation.
  • Houston: Urban Harvest launched Double Up at farmers’ markets and farmstands in 2019, thanks to key partners including the Rebuild Texas Fund, O’Neill Foundation, and Texas Hunger Initiative.
  • South Plains and Panhandle: Texas Hunger Initiative and Fair Food Network launched Double Up at farmers’ markets and stores in 2017, thanks to key partners including Tecovas Foundation, Convenant Health, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture FINI program.
  • Waco: Waco Downtown Farmers Market has offered Double Up since 2018, thanks to key partners including Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

Not in Texas? Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks in other states.

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