FoodShare at the Dane County Farmers' Market

Double Dollars starts June 3rd

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Madison Area Farmers’ Market Double Dollars is a program for SNAP/FoodShare users. The program offers a dollar for dollar match for all SNAP transactions up to $25 per market day. Double Dollars will be available at the following participating markets during these days and times:

Monona Farmers’ Market (Sunday)
May 7 – October 29
400 E Broadway at Ahuska Park
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://mononafarmersmarket.com/

Northside Farmers’ Market (Sunday)
May 7 – October 22
1857 Northport Drive at Northport TownCenter
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
http://northsidefarmersmarket.org/

El Mercadito de Centro (Sunday)
June 4 – September 24
810 W. Badger Rd at Centro Hispano
(Centro's rear parking lot, entrance located over Huges pl) 
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
http://www.micentro.org/

Eastside Farmers’ Market (Tuesday)
April 18 – October 31
202 S. Ingersoll St at Central Park
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
http://www.eastsidefarmersmarket.org/

Dane County Farmers’ Market (Wednesday)
April 19 - November 8th
MLK Jr. Blvd between E Doty St and E Wilson St
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, EBT hours 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
http://dcfm.org/

Dane County Farmers’ Market (Saturday)
April 15 - November 11
Capitol Square
Market hours 6:30 AM -2:00 PM, EBT hours 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://dcfm.org/

Westside Community Market (Saturday)
April 15 – November 4
University Row & University Ave behind UW Health – Digestive Health Center
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://westsidecommunitymarket.org/

Farmers’ Market Details
Key Points:

  • For SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/FoodShare users ONLY. Shoppers must have their cards with them and enter their PIN to complete a transaction.
  • Double Dollars matches up to $25
  • Valid at participating markets ONLY
  • Program ends December 2017 or until funds remain available
  • Find up-to-date information at www.cacscw.org/EBT.php

In order to receive Double Dollars, SNAP/FoodShare users bring their Quest EBT card to the farmers’ market EBT or information booth. The shopper decides how much they would like to withdraw from their account. For every dollar up to $25 that is withdrawn, the shopper receives twice that amount in market dollars. If a shopper wants to withdraw more than $25, they may do so, but they will only receive $25 in Double Dollars.
The market money and Double Dollars can be spent at any vendor’s stand selling SNAP-eligible products. This includes bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, and seeds and plants to grow food. Market money cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths), hot foods (like those served at food carts), and alcohol.
Double Dollars can be redeemed through the month of December or until funds remain available. They can only be issued or redeemed at participating markets, listed above.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my Double Dollars?
Bring your Quest EBT card to the farmers’ market EBT or information booth. The market staff there will be able to withdraw money from your account and give you market money and Double Dollars in return. For every dollar that you withdraw, market staff will give you two dollars: one dollar in market money, and one Double Dollar. You can receive up to $25 in Double Dollars every market day.
What can I buy with Double Dollars?
The market money and Double Dollars can be spent at any vendor’s stand selling SNAP-eligible products. This includes bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, and seeds and plants to grow food. Market money cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths), hot foods (like those served at food carts), and alcohol.
Can I withdraw more than $25 from my account?
Yes. You can withdraw as much as you like, but you will only receive $25 in Double Dollars. For the rest of the amount you will receive market money.
What happens if I don’t spend all my market dollars or Double Dollars?
You have two options. Market dollars never expire, so you can hang on to them and spend them the next time you shop at that market. Double Dollars expire in December of 2017 or when the funds run out. You can hang on to your Double Dollars and spend them the next time you shop at any of the participating farmers’ markets, as long as you use them by December.
You can also return money to your account. You can do that at the information or EBT booth. For every dollar that you put back into your account, you must return one market dollar and one Double Dollar.
I only want to spend a few dollars at the farmers’ market. Is there a minimum I must spend?
There is no minimum! However, there is no market money smaller than $1, so you must withdraw money in increments of $1.
I withdrew some money out of my account but I spent it all before I completed my shopping. Can I go back and get more?
Yes, you can do as many transactions as you want at the farmers’ markets as long as you have money in your SNAP account. However, you can only receive up to $25 in Double Dollars per day.
I do not use SNAP, but I have WIC benefits. Does that still count for Double Dollars?
At this time we are only able to provide Double Dollars to people with SNAP EBT cards. However, many people who use WIC qualify for SNAP. You can apply online at https://access.wisconsin.gov/. For FoodShare application assistance, call 877-FOOD-365 (877-366-3635) or visit GetAQuestCard.org.
I am not a resident of Madison, can I still participate in the program?
Yes! Anyone can participate who has an EBT card.
I have SNAP benefits, but not on a Wisconsin card. Can I still participate in the program?
Yes! Anyone can participate who has an EBT card.
Where can I find more information?
You can visit www.cacscw.org/EBT.php or contact Erica Anderson, Food Security Specialist at Community Action Coalition, ericaa@cacscw.org, (608) 246-4730 ext. 208.
How can I donate to the Double Dollars program?
If you would like to make a donation to Double Dollars, please go to https://npo.justgive.org/cacscw and select “Double Dollars” from the Program menu. Thank you for your support!

Community Action Coalition is committed to helping area households access healthy, affordable food. The EBTprogram helps to make farmers’ markets more affordable and accessible for people who are enrolled in FoodShare.

What is EBT?

EBT stands for “Electronic Benefits Transfer.” EBT (mostly) refers to the debit card system that replaced the classic “food stamp” coupon booklets for people who receive SNAP benefits.

What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for “Supplemental Nutrition Access Program.” It is formerly known as food stamps. It is a federal-level program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is authorized through the Farm Bill every four years. Research has said that SNAP is one of the most effective programs in helping eliminate hunger among low-income families.

What is FoodShare?

FoodShare is the name for the state of Wisconsin’s SNAP program. It is administered by Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services.

Who is eligible for FoodShare?

You may qualify if you:

are a U.S. citizen or have been a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years are a Wisconsin resident

meet gross monthly income guidelines.

How do I sign up for FoodShare benefits?

You can apply online at www.access.wi.govwww.GetAQuestCard.org , or call FoodShare Outreach Specialists at 877-366-3635. The Outreach Specialists can help you over the phone or in person.

How do I use my EBT card at a farmers’ market?

Every farmers’ market looks different, but they typically have an information booth staffed by market managers or market volunteers. If a market accepts EBT, the card reading machine is often held at the info booth.

First, determine how much money you want to withdraw from your account. Any EBT machine can perform a balance check, or you can call the customer service number on the back of your QUEST card to find out how much is in your account. Withdraw as much money as you think you will spend. You can always withdraw more, return money to your account, or hang on to what you don’t spend in case you return to the market again.

Most markets have their own form of currency. Whether it is a paper dollar or a wooden token, it will often have the name of the farmers’ market on it and the amount that it is worth. You will receive as much currency as you withdraw from your account.

Note that no change can be given for market currency. That means you may have to negotiate with some vendors if your total does not come out to an even amount.

You can spend your market currency at any vendor’s stand that sells eligible products.

What can I buy using my EBT card at a farmers’ market?

Market currency can be spent on any SNAP-eligible item at the market. That includes:

-breads and cereals

-fruits and vegetables

-meats, fish and poultry

-dairy products, and

-plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.

Market currency cannot be spent on the following:

-Flowers or non-food producing plants

-Nonfood items like pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics

-Alcoholic beverages and tobacco

-Vitamins and medicines

-Prepared foods (for example, anything sold by a food cart)

 

Which farmers’ markets accept EBT benefits?

 

Dane County Farmers’ Market

Deforest Area Farmers’ Market

Eastside Farmers’ Market

El Mercadito de Centro

Madwest Neighborhood Farmers’ Market

Monona Farmers’ Market

Monroe Street Farmers’ Market, Inc.

Northside Farmers’ Market

South Madison Farmers’ Market

Westside Community Market

Information for Farmers’ Markets

Are you a farmers’ market interested in establishing an EBT and/or Double Dollars program?

Contact Erica to set up a meeting to talk more about the basics behind FoodShare/EBT at farmers’ markets, outreach and promotion, electronic equipment, incentive programs, and more!

Email: ericaa@cacscw.org

Phone: 608-246-4730 ext. 208

In the meantime, please explore Farmers’ Market Coalition’s website for general information. 

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