"Fresh Bucks" Increases Access to Fresh Food


Seattle's original farmers market—Pike Place—is one of 17 Seattle sites that participate in the Fresh Bucks program. Photo courtesy of Emily Moore.


The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, the Washington State Farmers Market Association, and Seattle's Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance are strengthening equal access to local and healthy foods with the Fresh Bucks program. Fresh bucks may be used to purchase any fresh fruit and vegetables at participating farmers markets and farm stands. The program will double the value of purchases—up to $10—made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at select farmers markets through October 31, 2013. One transaction per card per market day.

The following farmers markets and farm stands are participating in the program:

"Everyone in Seattle deserves access to healthy, fresh, affordable food," said Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith. "Fresh Bucks increases the purchasing power of low-income Seattle residents while introducing new customers to the small and mid-size farmers who sell at our farmers markets."

For more information, visit www.wafarmersmarkets.com/freshbucks.

Are you eligible?

In Washington, two-thirds of eligible seniors do not take advantage of Basic Food (SNAP), which helps low-income people make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food.

To find out if you are eligible—and how much you may be eligible to receive from Basic Food—use the online benefit estimator linked below.

Estimate My Monthly Benefits!

Note: Resources are not counted (e.g., how much money you have in the bank or the vehicle you drive).

For more information, read Two-thirds of Eligible Seniors Have Not Taken Advantage of Basic Food Benefits (AgeWise King County, June 2012)