Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH and Double Up Food Bucks
Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH
The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age.
The program provides participants free nutrition counseling and $20 in coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods sold at local farmers markets and roadside stands. Residents who are age 60 or older with a total household income of $23,828 or less for an individual, or $32,227 for a couple, are eligible to apply for the program. Applicants must live in a county participating in the program. The program runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year.
How the Program Works
Participants are given ten, $2 vouchers to use at Farmers Markets and Roadside stands that display a sign that reads, "Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH Welcome Here." The participant may choose from any Michigan-grown, non-processed product, including honey, that is for sale. The participant uses the voucher like cash to pay for the products.
Coupons cannot be used for items that are not normally grown in Michigan, such as bananas, oranges and pineapples. They also cannot be used on potted plants, flowers, cheese, meat, or eggs, even though some of these are good sources of nutrition.
Participants also receive nutrition education when they get their coupons. This may be done at a class, one-to-one, or sometimes at the market.
Participants are encouraged to use all their coupons during the season, which is May 1 through Oct. 31 each year. If a participant has difficulty getting to a market, they can assign a proxy.
To qualify, and older adult must be:
60 years of age or older.
Have a total household income of 185% of poverty or less.
Live in the county where the coupons are issued.
For more information regarding the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program in Grand Traverse County please call the Senior Center Network at 231-922-4911.
Double Up Food Bucks
Double Up Food Bucks: A win for families, farmers & communities. Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program doubles the value of federal nutrition (SNAP or food stamps) benefits spent at participating markets and grocery stores, helping people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. The wins are three-fold: low-income consumers eat more healthy food, local farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. For more information check out the Double Up Food Bucks website.
How the Program Works
Get FREE fruits & veggies with Double Up Food Bucks. Buy $1 fruits & veggies with your Bridge Card and get $1 FREE fruits & veggies with Double Up Food Bucks!
At Farmers Markets
Go to market info booth or farm stand. Market staff are there to help.
BUY SNAP-eligible foods with your Bridge Card.
GET FREE Double Up Food Bucks tokens for Michigan grown fruits & veggies, up to $20 a day.
At Grocery Stores
SHOP for fruits & vegetables at a participating grocery store.
BUY $1 fresh fruits & vegetables with your Bridge Card.
GET $1 FREE Double Up Food Bucks for any fresh fruits or vegetables, up to $20 a day.
Click here for an instructional video for the Double Up Food Bucks Program.
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