Double Up Food Bucks Request for Applications (RFA) FARMERS MARKETS

Field & Fork Network (F&FN) is seeking applications from New York farmers markets and mobile markets who would like to participate in the 2021 Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) season (July 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021). All applications will be reviewed and considered based on their eligibility requirements (see below) with some preference given to markets that fall within specific geographic areas. 
 
Instructions:

Complete this Survey Monkey application in its entirety. Please make sure to read carefully and to answer each question to the best of your ability.

Please direct questions to Kristie Munson at kmunson@fieldandforknetwork.com or at 202-774-7196.

If you have any issues uploading the required attachments into this application, please email them as PDF or MS Word files to Kristie Munson.

To be considered this application must be submitted and received in its entirety no later than Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. Applications with a timestamp after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 will not be eligible for consideration.  If your market has operated DUFB in the past it is still mandatory to submit the 2021 application. 

 
About Field & Fork Network and Double Up Food Bucks 
Field & Fork Network (F&FN) is a New York State non-profit organization located in Western New York. Our mission is to connect communities to innovative solutions that foster a sustainable food system. F&FN began administering the Double Up Food Bucks program in 2014 at 7 farmers markets in Western New York. Double Up Food Bucks makes it easier for low-income individuals and families to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting farmers and growing local economies. The program is a national model for healthy food incentive programs that provides those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a $1-to-$1 match that encourages the purchase of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. By 2020, the program has grown to be in 23 counties and over 150+ farmers market, mobile market, grocery, small retail, and farm stand locations.
Eligibility Requirements 

F&FN has outlined the following requirements which serve as a baseline for market acceptance into the DUFB program:
  • The market must be able to accept SNAP benefits (minimum one season of experience is preferred, but not required) with a SNAP Permit number from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) by June 15, 2021 and have a point of sale device and SNAP currency in their possession by June 15, 2021
  • The market must demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity to handle associated accounting and reporting for the DUFB program 
  • The market must have written support to participate in the program from the fiduciary organization (if different from the market organization)  
  • The market must have a designated market manager or staff person responsible for Double Up implementation
 
Double Up Participation

Outlined below is a comprehensive list of what support and materials F&FN provides to markets that are selected to participate in DUFB and the mandatory requirements of participating farmers markets. 
 
Farmers markets are required to do the following if selected to participate in DUFB for the 2021 season: 

  • Attend an in-person or webinar training in the spring of 2021 
  • Offer and distribute DUFB to SNAP customers at the point of sale during the DUFB program season from 7/1/21 – 10/31/21 
  • Provide F&FN with third party verification of SNAP sales at the farmers market during the program season (e.g. copies of batch reports or monthly statements) 
  • Promote DUFB and SNAP on-site and in the local community 
  • Complete all DUFB reporting requirements, including monthly updates, on the assigned due dates  
  • Administer and participate in all program evaluation, including customer, vendor, and market manager surveys. You will be required to submit a number of surveys that is specific to the volume of your market as determined by F&FN 
  • Ensure adequate capacity to operate the program and cover any associated administrative costs  
  • Communicate to both participating and non-participating vendors at the market about the DUFB program and promote the program and SNAP at your farmers market through community channels
  • Seasonal locations will attend a mid-season call with F&FN and other similar vendors
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