This year, we sat down with some of the families, farmers, market managers, store owners, and others that make Double Up Food Bucks a success in Michigan and now in communities across America.
Real people, remarkable stories, and a deep sense of privilege to do this work alongside our partners.
See below for highlights from the first batch of stories plus a new video from our work in Flint. And follow #DoubleUp on Facebook and Twitter to track this real-life storytelling series.
“Double Up benefited us all.”
How this healthy food incentive program helped one family during a time of need, and in the process, changed the way they eat forever.
Double Up Grows in Flint
Double Up is expanding in Flint to help more children and families get more healthy food, precisely when they need it most. From Dr. Mona to Mama Sol, and Congressman Kildee to Flint residents, hear the voices of this work.
“It’s helping us make a living.”
Double Up is not only getting more healthy food to those in need, but helping a family farm makes ends meet. Hear from one Amish farmer from a small town in western Michigan.
“My only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner.”
SNAP incentives can support the financial viability of many farmers markets by bringing in new customers and boosting vendor sales. Hear from one market manager on the difference this program has had for her market.
“It’s a win-win. There is no downside”
Helping more Americans buy more fresh produce is great from a business perspective and it benefits the community. Hear from a grocery leader on why they brought Double Up to their stores.
“I’m committed to not just healthy eating, but buying local to support the people who live in this area.”
For some low-income Americans, their food budget is determined by the SNAP benefits they receive. Double Up is helping one shopper in Tulsa, Oklahoma double her food dollars for fresh food.
“You can’t have a strong workforce without healthy people.”
A local group incubated by area business leaders launched Double Up to boost the health and economic vitality of the state. Hear from a community leader about this work.
“The consumer is getting a good deal and the farmer is able to make a living.”
SNAP incentives support eaters, growers, and local communities. Hear from a farmer in New Mexico about the benefits Double Up is delivering for his farm, plus the positive ripple effects across the community.
“It’s well worth the investment.”
Healthy food incentives are helping level the playing field, while producing long-term health dividends. Hear from a health care funder on why she’s behind Double Up.