Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about Double Up Food Bucks and how they work. If you don’t see the answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us and ask us directly. Thank you!
What is Double Up Food Bucks?
Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is a program that “matches” SNAP benefits spent at participating farmers markets. For every $2 of SNAP benefits you choose to spend, you’ll get a match of up to $10 in DUFB that you can spend on fruits and vegetables. So, if you spend $10 in SNAP benefits, you’ll get an extra $10 – FREE – that you can use to buy more produce.
How do I use my Oregon Trail Card at a farmers market?
Most markets have an Information Booth where a staff person can swipe your Oregon Trail Card. You’ll tell the staff person how much you want to spend in SNAP benefits, and you’ll get that amount of market currency that you spend like cash with the vendors that sell SNAP eligible food items (meat, cheese, eggs, bread, produce, etc.). Each farmers market issues its own unique SNAP currency – these are usually wooden tokens, typically worth $1 each, and are only good at the market where you received them.
Money is deducted from your SNAP balance the day you get the tokens, whether or not you spend the market currency that day. SNAP tokens can be spent any time during the entire market season. Vendors are not allowed to give you change for SNAP tokens.
How do I get Double Up Food Bucks?
When you use your Oregon Trail Card SNAP benefits at a participating market, you’ll automatically get an equal value of DUFB, up to $10. DUFB are the look and size of a playing card, and are worth $2 each for fruits & vegetables.
Since DUFB are $2 each, make sure you ask for an even number of SNAP benefits so we can give you the full match. If you ask for $5 in SNAP, you’ll only get $4 in DUFB, but if you ask for $6 from your SNAP Card, you’ll get $6 in DUFB.
What can I buy with my Double Up Food Bucks and my SNAP tokens?
You can spend your DUFB on fresh, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and vegetables without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt. This includes mushrooms, herbs, dried beans, vegetable starts and nuts. You can spend your SNAP tokens on any SNAP eligible foods at the market, such as bread, cheese, meat, and produce.
Why can I only buy fruits and vegetables with my DUFB?
USDA funding limits the eligible foods to fruits and vegetables only. This is due to research that shows increased consumption of fruits and vegetables improves health and decreases the risk of many chronic diseases. In addition to making healthy, locally grown produce more affordable, DUFB also helps local farmers boost their incomes, and that is great for Oregon’s economy. You can still use your SNAP benefits for other fresh food items, like meats, cheeses, nuts, and breads from the other market vendors.
Do I have to sign up for something?
No, just come to the market and use your Oregon Trail card at the Information Booth. Your personal information will not be recorded.
What if I don’t want to spend all my DUFB today?
Keep them and use them next week! DUFB are not refundable because they’re free. Some people like to save up their DUFB for when their favorite fruit and vegetables are in season, and then buy large quantities to can or freeze. New DUFB currency is printed each calendar year, so be sure to use them before they expire December 31.
Why can I only get $10 per market day?
DUFB has a limited budget. We want as many people as possible to get the benefit of doubling their fruit and vegetable purchasing power, and the best way to do that is to limit the amount of DUFB one person can get per market visit. You can come back every week to this market, and you can visit any other participating market, and you’ll get up to $10 matched at each visit.
Can I use DUFB anywhere else?
In 2016, there will be around 50 farmers markets across Oregon that accept Double Up Food Bucks. FIND PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS HERE.
What fruits and vegetables can I find at Oregon farmers markets?
And more! – even some you’ve never heard of.