Double Up and Hunger Report

Fair Food Network works at the intersection of food systems, sustainability, and social equity to develop solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food – especially in our most underserved communities. Our signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, provides SNAP program participants with matching dollars to buy additional produce when they spend their federal nutrition benefits on locally grown fruits and vegetables. Double Up began in five farmers markets in 2009 and has since expanded to more than 150 sites across the state including farmers markets, mobile markets, food share programs, and grocery stores.

This is part of a series of field reports that look at program evaluation data through a variety of lenses and discuss their policy implications. This report explores how produce incentives are enhancing the benefit of the SNAP program by reducing hunger while also improving nutrition.