Health Bucks are $2 coupons redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at all NYC farmers markets. They help make fresh, locally-grown produce more affordable for New Yorkers and support neighborhood farmers markets and regional farmers.

Not-for-profit organizations can apply to get free Health Bucks
Not-for-profit organizations serving New Yorkers with low-incomes can apply for a limited number of Health Bucks free of charge to distribute to community members. For-profit organizations are not eligible to get Health Bucks for free but may purchase them. See below for more information about purchasing Health Bucks.

Health Bucks distribution and farmers markets during the COVID-19 pandemic
To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are not required to conduct in-person nutrition and health education activities as part of their Health Bucks distribution plan. Organizations are encouraged to share web-based or other electronic nutrition and health resources, if possible. There is a limited quantity of Health Bucks and they should be distributed to individuals who will use them and as close to a farmers market as possible. Health Bucks should be distributed in a safe way that limits contact between people and promotes social distancing.

Farmers markets have been designated essential businesses and are operating throughout the city in accordance with social distancing protocols. While distributing Health Bucks at a farmers market will most likely result in higher Health Bucks redemption, safety guidelines must be followed and group gathering at farmers markets is prohibited.  Farmers market customers are required to wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves, other customers and market staff. Customers are encouraged to make their shopping trip as short as possible.

Application process for not-for-profit organizations
Follow the steps below to apply for free Health Bucks.
  1. Read the entire 2020 Application for Free Health Bucks including distribution requirements for organizations.
  2. Develop a plan for distributing Health Bucks. Think about:
    • Who you will give Health Bucks to
    • Where you will distribute Health Bucks
    • How you will maintain social distance or other safety protocols when distributing Health Bucks 
    • When you will distribute Health Bucks
    • How many Health Bucks you will give to each person. This year, we recommend providing at least 5 Health Bucks per person at one time to encourage coupon redemption and reduce the need for multiple distributions to the same individual.  
  3. Complete and sign the 2020 Application for Free Health Bucks.

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