Double Up Food Bucks & COVID-19

Double Up to save on food costs during COVID-19 

As communities continue to respond to COVID-19, Double Up Food Bucks is here for Iowans with SNAP Cards (EBT) to double their food dollars to purchase more healthy food.

tomatoGetting started is easy! Just visit a participating market or grocery store and double your dollars to buy more fruits and veggies. We encourage shoppers to visit CDC.gov/Coronavirus for ways to stay safe before and after their next shopping trip. 

If you need a SNAP Card (EBT) or have questions about your EBT balance, please contact the Iowa Department of  Human Services or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

See below for the latest on how Double Up Food Bucks is adapting during COVID-19, including market updates, information about Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), and links to additional community food resources.  We’ll be updating this page regularly.


Farmers Market and Grocery Store Updates

Farmers markets that participate in Double Up are taking precautions to keep shoppers safe. 

Find the latest updates on farmers markets and their daily operations.

The Double Up Food Bucks program will receive $1 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to expand the DUFB program into grocery stores statewide through December 31, 2020. We are adding 100+ locations! Find a participating grocery store or farmers market in your community!


Food Assistance

If you need assistance finding food, 211 is there to help connect you with local resources.

PHONE: DIAL 2-1-1 – Live, local operators can help 24/7

TEXT: ZIP CODE TO 898211 – Text your zip code to chat live with a 211 Operator 24/7

211 APP: FIND HELP IN A TAP –  Download the 211 Iowa app for iOS or Android
to have instant access to the 211 database.


Pandemic-EBT

The Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program provides more food dollars to Iowa families with school-aged children eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches. When you buy fresh produce with your P-EBT card, Double Up Food Bucks can help you bring home more fresh fruits and veggies. No application is necessary. Check out this flyer for more information.

P-EBT Card

Did you know?

P-EBT works with Double Up Food Bucks! When you buy fresh produce with your P-EBT card, you get a dollar-for-dollar match to bring home more fresh fruits and veggies. Find a participating location near you.

Have questions about P-EBT?

Please contact 1-855-944-FOOD (3663).


Community Updates During COVID-19

As communities continue to respond to COVID-19, there are resources available to help families get the healthy food they need in addition to Double Up Food Bucks. Find the latest updates on what’s available near you.

SNAP (EBT) Card:

Need a SNAP Card? Iowa Department of Human Services is now accepting applications online. Go to https://dhs.iowa.gov/food-assistance to learn more.

Pandemic-EBT: 

Iowa recently announced the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program, providing temporary food assistance benefits to families with school children that are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches. Learn more about P-EBT here.

Food Assistance:

If you need assistance finding food, 211 is there to help connect you with local resources.

  • PHONE: DIAL 2-1-1 – Live, local operators can help 24/7

  • TEXT: ZIP CODE TO 898211 – Text your zip code to chat live with a 211 Operator 24/7

  • 211 APP: FIND HELP IN A TAP –  Download the 211 Iowa app for iOS or Android
    to have instant access to the 211 database.

School Nutrition:

To slow the spread of COVID-19, many schools have closed unexpectedly and/or have altered summer feeding programs. To ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are able to get the nutrition they need, USDA is working with states to continue providing meals to students.  Usually, the rules require that children gather and eat their meals on site. However, due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency and the need for social distancing, USDA was able to make temporary changes so that meals may be taken home, and parents or guardians may pick meals for their children if the state allows. Families can use this USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information.