Iowa Double Up Food Bucks 2020 Farmers Market Application

The Healthiest State Initiative is pleased to announce that the Double Up Food Bucks program received funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding was made possible through the leadership of Gov. Kim Reynolds in consultation with  the Feeding Iowans Task Force, led by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, to expand access to nutritious food for Iowans in need during this unprecedented time.

The Healthiest State Initiative is accepting applications from Iowa farmers markets through June 21, 2020 for participation in the Double Up Food Bucks program between July 1 – December 31, 2020. Because this is emergency relief funding, the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative cannot guarantee continued participation in the Double Up Food Bucks program after December 31, 2020.

Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers to match purchases of fresh produce made with their EBT card (up to $10 per day) with Double Up Food Bucks which can be spent on additional fruits and vegetables.

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Program Requirements

To qualify, farmers markets must: 

  1. Be able to accept SNAP benefits (minimum of one season of experience is preferred, but not required)
  2. Have a SNAP permit number from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
  3. Have a point of sale device and SNAP currency
  4. Demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity to handle the associated accounting and reporting
  5. Have written support to participate in the program from their governing and/or fiscal organization (if different from the market operations organization)

DUFB Participation - How it Works

If selected, Iowa Healthiest State will provide:

  1. All necessary program materials for implementation at your farmers market (DUFB script, flyers and posters advertising the program for distribution in your community, and signs for participating vendors)
  2. Required in-person and/or webinar format trainings
  3. Templates and tools for record-keeping and required program reporting to HSI
  4. An operations manual and technical assistance throughout the season
  5. Funds to help support the DUFB match at your market for the program season

Healthiest State Initiative expects that your farmers market will:

  1. Attend required training session
  2. Offer and distribute DUFB to SNAP customers at the point of sale during the DUFB program season
  3. Provide HSI with third-party verification of SNAP sales at the farmers market during the program season
  4. Promote DUFB and SNAP program at your farmers market and in the local community
  5. Complete all DUFB reporting requirements
  6. Participate in all program evaluation methods
  7. Ensure adequate capacity to operate the program and cover any associated administrative costs
  8. Communicate to both participating and non-participating vendors at the market about the DUFB program and promote the program and SNAP at your framers market through community channels

Farmers Market Information

Organization Information

Contact information for the fiscally responsible organization:

Contact information for the organization responsible for day-to-day market operations (if different than the fiscally responsible organization listed above):

Farmers Market Indicators

Please complete the following indicators for the 2018 season:

SNAP Operations

Community Partners and Funding


As part of your application, please submit the following attachments:

Please call or email with questions:

Aryn McLaren, Double Up Food Bucks Coordinator

Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, 301 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309


Phone: 303-669-2254