06/29/2018: "Fresh Bucks Program on SJI"
Nourish to Flourish - Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1.
The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic Food customers stretch their dollars to make healthy food more affordable.
Basic Food, formerly known as food stamps, is available to individuals and families who for example earn less than $4,183 a month ($50,196/ year) for a family of 4. Clients receive an Electronic Benefits (EBT) Card allowing them to purchase foods at authorized retailers; bread, cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and eggs. In addition, seeds and plants that produce food to eat are also eligible.
How it Works?
San Juan Island Farmers Markets open Saturdays from 9:30-1:00PM at the Brickworks Building 150 Nichols St, EBT cardholders receive a Fresh Bucks match up to $20 each time they shop. EBT tokens and Fresh Bucks can be used with any vendor selling EBT eligible items.
San Juan Island Food Co-op open daily located at 775 Mullis St #C, customers purchasing fruits and vegetables with their EBT card get a 50% off discount equal in value to the produce purchase up to $20 each time they shop.Why Fresh Bucks? Fresh Bucks supports access to healthy foods by promoting healthy choices and reducing food insecurity.
Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It also generates business in the local community, USDA estimates that every dollar of EBT benefits results in $1.79 in economic stimulus.
How to qualify?
If you are enrolled in Basic Food or WIC you are automatically eligible for Fresh Bucks. In addition, San Juan Island is offering Fresh Bucks to local residents that income qualify for Basic Food but are not enrolled. If you think you are eligible contact the Health Department at 360-378-4474, the San Juan Island Family Resource Center at 360-378-5246, or go online to www.dshs.wa.gov/BFET.
Interested in learning more about Nourish to Flourish or helping support the Fresh Bucks or other Food Assistance Programs please contact the Health Department at 360-378-4474 or the Family Resource Center 360-378-5246.
This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.