Program helps needy Utahns double up on healthy food
Double Up Food Bucks, Utah’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is now available at more than 20 farmers markets around the state.
SALT LAKE CITY — Double Up Food Bucks, Utah’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is now available at more than 20 farmers markets around the state.
A program of the Utah Department of Health, Double Up Food Bucks increases low-income shoppers’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables while supporting Utah growers.
A family using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits at a participating farmers market receives a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10, in free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on the locally grown produce.
According to the department, the benefits are three-fold: low-income families eat more healthy food; local farmers gain new customers and make more money; and more food dollars stay in the local economy.
“Double Up Food Bucks has been such a positive force in our communities with clear health and economic impacts,” Jess Church, a dietitian with the health department, said in a statement. “Families report eating a wider variety of fruits and veggies and farmers report higher sales and even an interest in growing more produce and hiring more employees.”
For a complete list of participating Double Up Food Bucks sites and hours of operation, visit doubleuputah.org.