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Monday, June 6, 2016

Market Bucks Now Available at Farmers Markets

By Ryan Johnson, Associate Program Director — SNAP-Ed, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota

SNAP users can now “spend $10, get $10” with their EBT card at farmers markets across Minnesota through Market Bucks. The Market Bucks program matches SNAP-EBT customers’ dollars at 78 participating markets. (Find a participating farmers market near you: Find Your Local Farmers Market.) Hunger Solutions Minnesota has been busy signing up farmers markets and distributing Market Bucks materials. Here’s how the Market Bucks program works.
  • SNAP users swipe their EBT card at the information booth at the market in exchange for tokens.
  • The amount SNAP users spend on their EBT card is matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $10) with Market Bucks.
  • SNAP users spend their tokens and Market Bucks on SNAP-eligible items at market vendors.
Find more images like this one at Market Bucks Info for Farmers Markets.

Market Bucks are a win-win for Minnesotans. They help SNAP users stretch their purchasing power and buy more fresh, healthy food and they help local growers sell more of their products. Want to help spread the word about Market Bucks? Here are easy ways you can help:

Everyone
Share with your friends on social media — help spread the word by sharing our “Spend $10, Get $10” Facebook post.

Food shelves and social service providers
Request outreach materials for your clients — Hunger Solutions Minnesota has fliers and brochures listing all participating markets available.

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