Local Farmers Markets are participating in Project Fresh, Market Fresh, and Senior Project Fresh, as well as accepting SNAP benefits and Double-Up Food Bucks!
SNAP (Bridge Card)The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, is the nation's largest nutritional assistance program. In Michigan, the program is managed by the Department of Human Services and is referred to as the Food Assistance Program.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase any approved food or food product for human use or seeds and plants for use in a home garden to produce food for personal use. Clients receive their benefits via an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) system that works like a debit card to transfer their benefits to the food retailer. In Michigan, the EBT card has a picture of the Mackinac Bridge and is called the Bridge Card.
Project Fresh/Senior Project Fresh/Market FreshThe Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service program that provides seniors and WIC clients with fresh, unprepared, Michigan grown fruits and vegetables with the goal of expanding the awareness, use of and sales at farmers markets.
In Michigan, WIC Project Fresh is administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). WIC Project Fresh coupons are distributed by the Health Department to WIC clients. Each client receives a $20 booklet of ten $2 coupons to be used June 1st through October 31st.
The senior program is administered by the MDHHS Office of Services to the Aging, and there are two coupon programs, Market Fresh and Senior Project Fresh. Market Fresh coupons are distributed by the health department to eligible WISEWOMAN clients ages 40-64. Senior Market Fresh coupons are distributed to income eligible seniors age 60 and over. Each senior receives a $20 booklet of ten $2 coupons to be used June 1st through October 31st.
Double-Up Food BucksWhen a person eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) uses his or her SNAP Bridge Card to shop for food at a farmers' market, the amount of money that he or she spends is matched with Double Up Food Bucks bonus tokens. The tokens can then be exchanged for Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables.
Click here for more information: Double-Up Food Bucks in Michigan
Participating Farmers Markets
|Market||Project Fresh||Market Fresh||Senior Project Fresh||SNAP Benefits (Bridge Card)||Double-Up Food Bucks|
|Coveyou Scenic Farm Market - Petoskey|
|Bill's Farm Market - Petoskey|
There are many local farmers who participate in the above programs. To find one in your area, visit Taste the Local Difference.