Farm Fresh Rewards
Are you a shopper who wants to know more about how Farm Fresh Rewards works? Visit farmfreshrewards.org
With Farm Fresh Rewards, shoppers using SNAP/EBT receive bonus fruits and vegetables from local farms, stretching limited benefits much further.
MFT manages Farm Fresh Rewards, nutrition incentives that increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars spent at participating stores. The program complements Maine Harvest Bucks, managed by Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, which can be found at participating farmers’ markets, CSA farms, and farm stands around the state.
Read about the impact these programs are having statewide here.
WHAT ARE NUTRITION INCENTIVES?
Nutrition incentive programs make healthy food more accessible by offering bonus dollars to low-income shoppers who use federal nutrition assistance programs. Farm Fresh Rewards matches what SNAP/EBT (formerly known as food stamps) shoppers spend on Maine-produced food with bonus dollars for locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
Farm Fresh Rewards serves everyone:
- SNAP shoppers can buy more locally-produced food
- Maine farmers gain new customers
- More food dollars stay in the local economy
OUR ROLE: BRINGING NUTRITION INCENTIVES TO RETAIL
MFT and other partners have been implementing similar nutrition incentive programs at farmers markets for several years.
In 2015, we received a major federal grant to expand nutrition incentives to stores selling local food, like co-ops and small grocers. These local retailers provide an important access point for more Maine farmers and eaters to be able to benefit from nutrition incentives. When more Mainers can buy more local food, everyone wins: families are able to make healthier choices, farmers and local food outlets gain new customers, and local economies thrive.
To find out how to use Farm Fresh Rewards at local retail outlets, visit farmfreshrewards.org (or maineharvestbucks.org/retail). To learn more about Maine Harvest Bucks at farmers’ markets, farm stands, and CSAs, visit maineharvestbucks.org.
Expanding nutrition incentives around the state to farmers’ markets, farm stands, stores, and other locations is the current priority of the Maine Local Foods Access Network.
Maine Farmland Trust is a partner in the New England Nutrition Incentive Collaborative, a project supported by the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program and led by Farm Fresh Rhode Island.
HOW IT WORKS
To find out how to use Farm Fresh Rewards at small retail outlets, visit farmfreshrewards.org (or maineharvestbucks.org/retail). To learn more about Maine Harvest Bucks at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs, visit maineharvestbucks.org.
Expanding nutrition incentives around the state to farmers markets, farm stands, stores, and other locations is the current priority of the Maine Local Foods Access Network.