Who We Serve
SNAP shopper finds a participating farmers market or grocery store.
They shop with SNAP as usual - but get their purchasing power doubled, in the form of tokens or coupons called “nutrition incentives.”
They use the incentives to buy fruits and vegetables.
Millions of American families simply cannot afford produce, relying instead on cheap foods like instant rice and plain noodles. Doubling SNAP (Food Stamps) levels the playing field so everyone, regardless of income level, can afford fruits and vegetables. Across the country, Americans can afford fresh, healthy food thanks to our 2-for-1 produce sale. Meanwhile benefits ripple out across the community as public health improves and farmers and grocery stores boost their bottom lines.
Expert Advisors & Resources
Do you operate a farmers market, grocery store, corner store, CSA or farm stand? Do you want to accept SNAP (Food Stamps) and double the value? We’re here to help, with everything from the nuts and bolts of building your program to outreach and marketing support. Our team of expert advisors has the capacity, skills, and energy in house to make your program a success.
SENIOR PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE
We’re Working to Ensure All Americans Can Afford Fresh Produce
See what we’ve achieved so far.
SNAP (Food Stamps) can only be spent on food, or on plants or seeds that grow food for your household to eat. (It cannot be used to purchase hot foods, fast food, household supplies, alcohol or tobacco, or anything else.) We double the value of SNAP with matching funds that can only be spent on fruits and vegetables. So if someone spends $10 in SNAP (perhaps on pasta or eggs or peanut butter), we provide $10 in coupons that can only be spent on produce.
Wholesome Wave’s SNAP Doubling Program launched in 2008 in five states: at the City Heights Farmers Market in San Diego in partnership with the International Rescue Committee; in nine markets in the greater Boston area with The Food Project; 55 markets in New York with the New York Federation of Farmers Markets; and the Holyoke Farmers Market in Massachusetts with the non-profit Nuestras Raices. These early programs used the new battery-charged mobile EBT machines at a central market booth. SNAP recipients swiped their cards at the market booth and were given tokens for double what they paid to spend anywhere at the market. At the end of the day, farmers turned in their tokens and received checks from the market manager for the value of the purchases.
While everyone could learn more about nutrition, for tens of millions of Americans the true barrier to healthful eating is the cost. If people can’t afford produce, they can’t buy it. When they can, they do.
While you may not struggle to afford healthy food, many families do and this has negative impacts on whole communities - diet-related illness costs the country over $1.4 trillion a year.