Iowans should not have to make the choice of going hungry or eating healthy.
Double Up Food Bucks helps helps food-insecure Iowans eat healthier by allowing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) customers to match purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables made with their EBT card, up to $10 per day, with Double Up Food Bucks which can be spent on more fresh produce.
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When surveyed in 2020, 92 percent of Double Up Food Bucks shoppers reported eating more fresh fruits and vegetables due to participation in the program. Nearly 95 percent of shoppers agreed that Double Up Food Bucks allowed them to purchase more healthy food than they would have otherwise.
Here's what shoppers are saying about Double Up Food Bucks:
“My eating habits have completely improved because of Double Up Food Bucks. My blood sugar has gone down and I feel so much better, too. My favorite thing about the program is how simple it is to use.”
— Christine H.
“I started using Double Up Food Bucks to buy more fresh fruit at my local Fareway store. In the last year, I have been able to lose 45 pounds by eating healthier, physical therapy and exercise.”
— Nick M.
“I am living with liver disease. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables is recommended by my transplant team. Double Up Food Bucks allows me to buy more fresh produce rather than canned which is higher in sodium.”
— Tracy M.
“I have End-Stage Advanced Heart Failure. I am required to limit my sodium intake. With Double Up Food Bucks, I eat much healthier. I believe that this program has helped me remain out of the hospital for 18 consecutive months – my longest stretch outside of the hospital since 2018."
— Janice N.
“Double Up Food Bucks helps us stretch our food budget. We’ve been spending less money and eating healthier. We have enjoying trying new foods and recipes."
— Paul H.
Double Up Food Bucks is a SNAP-incentive program in Iowa that matches food assistance dollars 1:1 on purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets and grocery stores. Learn more and find a participating location near you: DoubleUpIowa.org