Co-op participates in Double Up Food Bucks program

By RYAN JARVI

Journal City Editor

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Food Co-op is again taking part in the Double Up Food Bucks program, allowing beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program the opportunity to purchase more food when using their Michigan Bridge cards.

“This program provides much-needed access to low-income families in the area, helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice when shopping for groceries,” Sarah Monte, outreach director at the Co-op, said in a news release. “By choosing to purchase fresh produce, participants actually increase their overall dollars available for food.”

SNAP beneficiaries who purchase fresh fruits and/or vegetables at the Co-op will receive a voucher with a value equal to the amount of produce purchased — up to $20 per day — that can be used toward the future purchase of any produce offered in the store. Previously, shoppers had to purchase Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables to receive Double Up Food Bucks, but the program was expanded to allow for other options, according to the release.

The program began Tuesday and runs through the end of the year.

Shoppers who make produce purchases using their EBT card can bring their receipt to the customer service desk at the front of the store to have a coupon printed. The coupon is redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables only, and has no cash value.

Double Up Food Bucks is active in 23 states, and is a grant-funded program administered by the Fair Foods Network, a food justice and sustainability nonprofit. Since its launch in five farmers markets in Detroit, it has grown to be offered in more than 200 sites across the state — including farmers markets, grocery stores, mobile markets and a network of farm stands — and has helped shoppers spend nearly $10 million in combined Double Up and SNAP benefits on healthy food, the release states.

For more information about the program, visit doubleupfoodbucks.org or call the Marquette Food Co-op at 906-225-0671.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.