The Ambler Farmers’ Market has always been proud to be able to accept SNAP benefits at our market. Ensuring people have access to local, sustainable food, regardless of income, is a mission we have been committed to since our inception. Now, after partnering with The Food Trust in Philadelphia, the Ambler Farmers’ Market can now incentivize purchases through the SNAP program with Ambler Food Bucks.
Philly Food Bucks is an incentive program to increase access and affordability of healthy food in low-income communities and has been successful in cities and states across the country. In 2010, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and The Food Trust launched the Philly Food Bucks program as a core component of city’s Get Healthy Philly initiative. This healthy food incentive program encourages SNAP recipients to use their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh, local produce at participating farmers’ markets throughout the city.
For every $5 spent using SNAP at participating markets, customers receive a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon for fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing the purchasing power of lower income farmers’ market shoppers by 40%.
Beginning opening day, we will be distributing Ambler Food Bucks at point-of-sale to those who use their EBT cards to purchase their market bounty. We also will be distributing Ambler Food Bucks throughout the community at nutrition events and special outreach events that we will tell you about here and on Facebook.
If you have ANY questions about this program and how you can utilize it at the market, please go to the market tent when you arrive and the management will be more than happy to walk you through the process – or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.