Double Up Food Bucks Request for Applications (RFA)

Field & Fork Network (F&FN) is seeking applications from New York farmers markets and mobile markets who would like to participate in the 2020 Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) season (July1, 2020 – October 31, 2020). 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.

Email all required attachments as PDF or MS Word files to fmcguire@fieldandforknetwork.com.

Please direct questions to Frances McGuire at the email listed or at 716-517-1125. 

To be considered this application must be submitted and received in its entirety no later than Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. Applications with a timestamp after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 will not be eligible for consideration.  If your market has operated DUFB in the past it is still mandatory to submit the 2020 application. 

 
About Field & Fork Network and Double Up Food Bucks 
In 2013, F&FN began a partnership with Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that pioneers solutions that increase access to healthy food--especially in our most underserved communities. The DUFB program 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. F&FN's signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, piloted in 2014 at 7 market sites and has since expanded to include over 100 unique participating sites statewide.  
 
 

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, 2020 and have a point of sale device and SNAP currency in their possession by June 15, 2020   
  • 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 2020 season: 

  • Attend an in-person or webinar training in the spring of 2020 
  • Offer and distribute DUFB to SNAP customers at the point of sale during the DUFB program season from 7/1/20 – 10/31/20 
  • 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 
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