Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market has several ways to help stretch your food dollar, with SNAP as the cornerstone:
Our market is very welcoming to SNAP customers. Every vendor who sells SNAP-eligible items accepts SNAP. Tokens are in whole dollar amounts and vendors do not provide change.
We participate in a program called Double Up Food Bucks, in which customers using their SNAP benefits are provided with additional SNAP dollars, up to $20 a day. These DUFB increase your buying power, and can be used to purchase produce or fruit. In effect July-October.
CHFM goes a step further: through a program funded in part by Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, we double the full amount of the customer’s SNAP purchase, with no limit. In effect during entire season. To learn all about BAV’s matching initiative, visit HERE.
Q: Do I qualify for SNAP?
A: Please visit http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1320
Q: Can the snap tokens that I get from CHFM also be used at other farmer’s markets if you don’t use them up when purchasing them? Are the tokens interchangeable between different farmers markets?
A: Each market has their own designated SNAP tokens and unfortunately are not interchangeable. If you don’t use up your SNAP tokens in a season, you can save them for our next season.
Q: What am I allowed to use my SNAP tokens for (and what am I not allowed to buy with them)?
A: The idea behind SNAP is to supplement your nutrition, so the list of allowable foods tends to be staples and produce. For the full list of “do’s and don’ts”, visit the USDA site. For a full list of products for sale at our market, click HERE.
Q: What do your “matching” coins look like?
A: The Double Up Food Bucks coins are silver, and come in $2 denomination. The market’s own matching coins are wooden, with our name on them, in $1, $5 and $10 denominations.
Q: How does my EBT card work, how do I manage my benefits?
A: For information about the EBT system, visit http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1320