About This Program

The Double Dollars program provides EBT card shoppers with a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25 per market day at participating farmers’ markets. The extra money spent by shoppers goes straight into the pockets of the vendors who get reimbursed for the full value of every Double Dollar they redeem. Double Dollars is sponsored by the City of Madison and Dane County, and administered by CACSCW.

For more information, contact Alma Horlock: almah@cacscw.org (608) 246-4730 ext. 208

With Double Dollars, shoppers win, vendors win, farmers’ markets win, and our community wins!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can withdraw as much as you would like for that market day. However, you can only receive up to $25 in Double Dollars per market day. Volunteers can run a balance inquiry on your account when they swipe your card.

Eligible products are meant to be prepared and eaten at home. Eligible products include:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Plants and seeds that grow food

Market currency cannot be spent on:

  • Flowers or non-food producing plants
  • Pet food and products
  • Non-food items like toiletries, paper products, household supplies, and cosmetics
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
  • Vitamins and medicine
  • Prepared foods (for example, anything sold by a food cart)

Double Dollars will start at the farmers’ market on June 1st – December 31, or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. The Willy Street Co-op began issuing Double Dollars for the 2019 season in the late fall.

Bring your Quest EBT card with you to the information booth at a participating farmers’ market. The market staff or volunteers will swipe your card and provide you with the market money and Double Dollars. You will receive one market dollar and one Double Dollar for every dollar you withdraw.

There is a difference between the market dollars – the regular EBT currency to each farmers’ market – and the Double Dollars. Your market dollars never expire, so you can use them the next time you shop at the market. Your Double Dollars will expire in December of 2019 or when funds run out, whichever comes first. If you have Double Dollars or market dollars left over from a previous year, you are allowed to spend those starting June 1st and as long as the program is running. You can also return money to your account by stopping at the Information Booth. You will need to return one market dollar and one Double Dollar for every $1 returned to your account.

There is no minimum, but you must withdraw in increments of $1.

No, anyone can participate in the program who has an EBT card.

The program will start again in the fall of 2019, so stay tuned! On Double Dollars Tuesdays, any shopper using a FoodShare/QUEST card to purchase groceries will be eligible to receive up to $20 worth of Double Dollars coupons to use during future shopping trips. Double Dollars coupons are designed to help with fresh fruit and vegetable purchases, and so any item in the produce department can be purchased using a Double Dollars coupon.

See a full listing of markets below. Be sure to confirm dates and times by visiting your market’s website.

Summer Markets

ATTENTION: Dates and Times may have changed for your neighborhood markets due to COVID-19. For more information on your market and how they are adapting, please click on your market’s website tab.

Winter Markets