What is Fresh Bucks?

Fresh Bucks is a healthy food incentive program funded in the West Sound in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For every $5 you spend in EBT, you’ll receive an additional $2 to spend on fresh produce. That’s $7 for shopping with every $5 swiped on your EBT card! Always check to make sure your local market is open by visiting their website or checking their Facebook page. Not all programs are offered year round, but operate when funds are available to do so.

Who is eligible for Fresh Bucks?

Any EBT (SNAP/Basic Food/Food Stamps) cardholder with $5 or more in EBT dollars on their card is eligible to match those dollars at a participating farmers market. Fresh Bucks does not currently support TANF, WIC, cash benefits, or any other program besides SNAP/Basic Food.

What if I don’t have EBT/SNAP?

See if you qualify for food benefits online via Washington Connection.

How do I get Fresh Bucks?

Any EBT (SNAP/Basic Food/Food Stamps) cardholder with $5 or more in EBT dollars on their card may take their EBT card to the market information booth at a participating farmers market and swipe their card for the amount of EBT they wish to spend that day.  For example, an EBT cardholder can swipe their EBT card for $5 EBT and receive $2 in matching Fresh Bucks ($10 gets you $4 in fresh bucks, $15 gets you $6, and so on).

Where can I spend my Fresh Bucks?

Fresh Bucks can be spent at any participating farmers market, directly with a produce vendor. While EBT tokens can be used at any vendor selling EBT eligible items, Fresh Bucks currency can only be used on produce items (such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms or plant starts). No change will be given for Fresh Bucks.

What if I don’t use all my Fresh Bucks?

Fresh Bucks expire March 31st, 2020 when the USDA grant cycle for the project ends.  If you don’t use them by that time, they have no value and are nonredeemable. The expiration date is listed on the currency issued to you.

How is Fresh Bucks funded?

Fresh Bucks in the West Sound is funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through a USDA Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant awarded to the WA Department of Health. Participating farmers market organizations contribute staff time and support to operating the program.

Help Spread The Word!

Tell somebody you know about Fresh Bucks — spreading the word is the best way to help grow this program and help those in need access quality food.

Send us an email to request outreach info or for further information about Fresh Bucks in your area.