SNAP Double Bucks


Get SNAP Double Bucks at Mecklenburg County Farmers’ Markets

COVID-19 notice: Please note that farmers markets are considered essential services and are open and accepting SNAP and Double Bucks at this time. For more information on how markets are implementing safety procedures, see our video  (en español), or information from the health department

What is SNAP Double Bucks? SNAP users can get tokens for purchases at farmers markets that will let them double their SNAP spending at the markets, up to $20 per day. SNAP users do not need to enroll for Double Bucks – just bring your EBT card to participating markets (see these below).

What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also called Food and Nutrition Services) provides low income residents with money to purchase certain foods and products. More information about the program and how to enroll is here.

How this Works

The SNAP and Double Bucks process at the markets:
• Each participating market has a SNAP EBT payment terminal
• Customers swipe their EBT card at the market booth to purchase market tokens, with a $1 for $1 match via Double Bucks. The tokens are then used at individual market vendors in the same
way a cash transaction would be made.
• Maximum match of $20 per household, per market days

Where this Works

The Bulb Mobile Market 
Year-round
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Click here for locations.
Deep Roots CPS Farm
Year-round
Various markets
Click here for locations.
Matthews Community Market 
188 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105
Year-round
8 am till noon: 4/6/20 – 11/21/20 main season
8 till 10 am: 12/5/20 – 4/3/21 winter season
https://www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com
Plaza Midwood Farmers Market
2007 Commonwealth Ave
Saturday 10am-1pm
https://www.facebook.com/plazamidwoodfarmersmarket
Seeds for Change Farmers Market (in process)
2901 Romare Bearden Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
May – September, November – February
Saturday,  9am – 12pm
South End Market at Atherton
235 West Tremont Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
Year-round
Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Click here for adjusted winter schedule.
University City Farmers Market – Opens Oct 3
Along the lake at The Shoppes at University Place
Saturdays, 8am – 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/univcitymkt
Uptown Farmers Market 
301 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205
April – October
Saturday, 8am – 12pm
https://www.uptownfarmersmarket.com
The full list of farmers markets in Mecklenburg County is here

Whose program is this? 

CMFPC is working with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and City of Charlotte to provide financial assistance for SNAP users interested in purchasing produce at farmers’ markets in Mecklenburg County. 

Why are we supporting this program? 
Double Bucks has been shown to increase SNAP usage on fresh and healthy food through:
• Increased number of Farmers’ Markets accepting SNAP
• Improved SNAP awareness and enrollment
• Greater SNAP utilization at Farmers’ Markets

Studies show that SNAP Double Bucks at farmers’ markets can increase purchases of fruits and vegetables, and that SNAP alone improves health outcomes and reduces healthcare costs. 

Supporting farmers markets also strengthens our local food economy and supports small businesses:
• Every Double Bucks dollar is going into the hand of a local farmer
• Traffic at Farmers’ Markets increases and encourages overall spending

Have questions about the program or suggestions? 
Email us at foodaccess@charlottefoodpolicy.org


This project is generously funded by the following organizations:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield NC, the American Heart Association, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department

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