Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs at the Grand River Farmers Market
Our market is proud to participate in 4 different food assistance programs, all with the goal of increasing the health of Jackson residents, making fresh foods available to those in need, and getting the market more involved in its community! The 4 programs are:
~ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aka “Bridge Card”
~ Double Up Food Bucks
~ Senior Project Fresh
~ Women Infants Children (WIC) Project Fresh
Below you will find descriptions and eligibility requirements for each program.
What is SNAP (aka “Bridge Card”)?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Bridge Card, is the nation’s largest nutritional assistance program and the cornerstone of the Federal Government efforts to alleviate hunger. At farmers markets, SNAP benefits are accessed via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).
At the Grand River Farmers Market, visit our welcome booth to receive tokens or ask for any additional information you may need. Simply swipe your card, get your tokens and use your tokens to buy fresh food including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, bread, eggs and plants to grow vegetables in your garden.
*Tokens may not be used to purchase hot food products.*
What is Double Up Food Bucks?
If you are eligible for SNAP and use your SNAP Bridge Card to shop for food at the farmer’s market, the amount of money you spend is automatically matched with Double Up Food Bucks bonus tokens, which can be used to purchase produce at the market. This is an automatic program running parallel with SNAP; you do not have to apply. Double Up Food Bucks runs June through October.
What is Senior Project Fresh?
Senior Project Fresh is a free program that provides qualifying older adults with more access to fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are already enrolled in Senior Project fresh, the Grand River Farmer’s Market will accept coupons with which you can buy eligible items – berries, honey, fresh greens, and vegetables. Click here to see a full list of purchasable items.
What is WIC Project Fresh?
Project Fresh includes fruit and vegetable benefits for Women Infants and Children (WIC). Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs with coupons used at farmers markets. Their goal is to help families eat and be healthier.