Become A Double Up Site!
Nebraska Extension is inviting farmers markets to participate in the 2019 season of Nebraska Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Please see program requirements below for more information and fill out the application.
Nebraska Extension is collecting applications in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to facilitate DUFB at farmers markets throughout Nebraska. For the purpose of this application, Extension defines a farmers market as a site where locally grown fruits and vegetables are direct marketed to customers and where site administrators reimburse individual vendors for food assistance sales.
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About Double Up Food Bucks
DUFB empowers low-income Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting farmers and strengthening communities. DUFB provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating location.
Nebraska Extension is a national educational leader delivering research-based programming to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities, community partnerships, programs and publications. Learn more about Nebraska Extension initiatives related to food, nutrition and health at food.unl.edu.
Who Should Apply?
This application is for farmers markets interested in having Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) at their market
If you represent a farm stand, food share program, grocery store, or CSA and are interested in learning more about DUFB, or if you have any questions, please contact Nebraska Extension through UNL at the Nutrition and Health Sciences Department at: email@example.com or call 402-472-3716.
To qualify to participate in the DUFB program, farmers markets must:
- Be authorized to accept SNAP benefits; If your market does not yet accept SNAP, visit the Food and Nutrition Services website to learn more.
- Have a SNAP Permit number from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) by February 28, 2019
- Attend a training webinar on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon CST hosted by Nebraska Extension
- Have a point-of-sale device and their market’s SNAP currency in their possession by April 1, 2019
- Have organizational capacity to handle the accounting and reporting associated with accepting SNAP and Nebraska DUFB
- Have written support to participate in the program from their governing and/or fiscal organization (if different from the market’s operating organization)
- Have a designated market manager or staff person responsible for DUFB implementation
- Attend required webinar training hosted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture during Spring 2019
Priority will be given to markets who:
- Have demonstrated experience accepting SNAP benefits (one season of experience is preferred)
- Are providing increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income consumers in communities not currently being served by Nebraska DUFB
- Have a local funding source to contribute to the operation of their DUFB program
- Partner with their local/independent grocery store to ensure that Nebraska DUFB can be a year-round program in the community
How it Works
If selected, Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will provide:
- All necessary program materials for implementation at your farmers market including DUFB checks and signs for participating vendor
- Templates, tools, and web-portal access for record-keeping and required program reporting
- An operations manual and technical assistance throughout the season
- If needed, funds to support DUFB at your market for the season.
Nebraska Extension expects that your farmers market will:
- Distribute DUFB to SNAP customers at the point-of-sale during the entire market season
- Promote DUFB and the SNAP program at your farmers market and in the community
- Complete all DUFB monthly reporting requirements by the 7th of each month
- Participate in all program evaluation methods including customer, vendor, and market manager surveys
- Ensure adequate capacity to operate the program
- Communicate to both participating and non-participating vendors at your market about the DUFB program
- Ensure signed vendor agreements are on file for eligible vendors prior to participation in the program