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Community Profile: Meet Fresh Bucks

Community Profile: Meet Fresh Bucks

Posted July 28, 2015

Seattle's farmers markets, including Pike Place Market, value local produce just as highly as food access for shoppers who lack financial resources.

Pike Place Market, as well as our Express Markets, participate in a program called Fresh Bucks, available to SNAP participants (previously called "food stamps") at each of Seattle's 16 farmers markets. 

Fresh Bucks provides SNAP shoppers with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $10 per cardholder per market day. Fresh Bucks can then be used to buy fresh produce straight from the farmer. SNAP participants can visit multiple markets each week, or even each day, and receive
the match at every one (but only one match at the same market on the
same day). The bucks don't expire, and they're transferable from one market to another, so there's no pressure to use them all up in one visit. To participate, simply present your SNAP card at any market's information tent.

For more information on the program, including a full list of participating markets and farm stands, visit the Fresh Bucks website.