Double Up Food Bucks part of local farmers markets

By Jessica Cole, April 10, 2018

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The Downtown Topeka Farmers Market along with others in northeast Kansas will participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program, a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more healthy food and supports local farmers.

The farmers market, located at S.W. 12th and Harrison, opens Saturday, April 14.

SNAP participants who shop at a participating farmers market swipe their EBT cards to get SNAP tokens to use for their purchases. For the first $25 of SNAP tokens they purchase, they will receive a matching amount of Double Up Food Bucks tokens that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables. The limit is $25 per day.

“Double Up Food Bucks really gets SNAP families out to the market purchasing healthy foods,” said Glen Herring, a board member and vendor at the Downtown Topeka Farmers Market.

Herring said that before Double Up, only about $30 to $40 in SNAP dollars was spent at the farmers market each week. With this program, he said, “we now give out hundreds of dollars in SNAP and Double Up tokens every week to families.”

“It’s really helping our market, bringing in new customers and increasing revenue for our vendors,” Herring said.

Double Up Food Bucks is also offered at the Lawrence Farmers Market, the Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market, the Farmers Market at Geary Community Hospital, the Downtown Manhattan Farmers Market, the Emporia Farmers Market and several other locations across Kansas and Missouri. For more information, visit

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