Double Up Food Bucks Request for Applications (RFA)

Field & Fork Network (F&FN) is seeking applications from New York small retail and grocery sites who would like to participate in the 2020 Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. All applications will be reviewed and considered based on their eligibility requirements (see below) with some preference given to sites 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. 

 
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 including small retail and grocery.  
Eligibility Requirements 

F&FN has outlined the following requirements which serve as a baseline for store acceptance into the DUFB program. 
  • The store must be able to accept SNAP benefits (minimum one year of experience is required) with a SNAP Permit number from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The FNS number must be in good standing.
  • The store must demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity to handle associated accounting and reporting for the DUFB program. 
  • The store must have a designated manager or staff person responsible for Double Up implementation.  
 
Double Up Participation - please read carefully!

Outlined below is a comprehensive list of what support and materials F&FN provides to sites that are selected to participate in DUFB and the mandatory requirements of participating retail locations. 
 
Retail locations are required to do the following if selected to participate in DUFB:

  • 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 operation period. 
  • Provide F&FN with third party verification of SNAP sales at the store 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 per the contract 
  • Administer and participate in all program evaluation, including customer, store owner, and staff surveys. You will be required to submit a number of surveys that is specific to the volume of your store as determined by F&FN 
  • Ensure adequate capacity to operate the program and cover any associated administrative costs  
  • Ensure all new staff are trained in program operation 
 
We (Field & Fork Network) provide: 
  • A DUFB program contract to be signed by both parties in advance of program implementation. 
  • All necessary program materials for implementation at your store (e.g. window clings and register signs, flyers and posters advertising the program for distribution in your community, and signs for participating vendors) 
  • Required in-person or webinar training in the spring of 2020 
  • Tools for record-keeping and required program reporting to F&FN 
  • Operations manual and technical assistance throughout the season 
  • Funds to support the DUFB match at your store for the program season 

Legal Disclaimer

Field & Fork Network reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make decisions for program eligibility, and to approve, or disprove, any applicant or organization (collectively the “Applicant”) for any reason, or no reason, whatsoever.  By submitting this application, Applicant acknowledges and understands that Field & Fork Network reserves the right to request additional information, and that Applicant shall promptly provide the same.   
 
Field & Fork Network is an organization based on values of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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