The Holly Springs Farmers Market has become a valuable resource to those in our community who need food assistance. Since April, the farmers market has been accepting SNAP tokens, once called food stamps, to expand access to fresh, healthy food for consumers experiencing food insecurity. Participants can buy fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy products, condiments, baked goods, snacks, beverages, and so much more! The partnership with the federal nutrition program has been a success with new vendors to the program added every week. In addition to SNAP tokens, the Holly Springs Farmers Market offers a "Double Bucks" match for fresh produce, courtesy of UNC Health.
For those receiving SNAP benefits in the community, how does the program work?
- Upon arrival to the HSFM, stop by the farmers market information tent and tell the market managers how much you'd like to spend at the market.
- We will swipe your benefits card and give you $1 or $5 wooden tokens to spend just like cash at the market as well as match what you spend (up to $20) in Double Bucks tokens, which may be spent on fresh produce.
- For example, if you want to spend $10 at the market, we will give you $10 in tokens to spend at any eligible market vendor AND $10 to spend on produce.
Tokens can be used at any vendor that has a SNAP/EBT sign and while no change can be given, tokens can be combined with cash to pay for the order. In addition, tokens never expire and can be saved for another visit but are only able to be spent at our market.
Since April 30, 2022, the Holly Springs Farmers Market has processed a total of $4,317 in nutrition assistance, with a total of:
- $2,766 in SNAP transactions
- $975 in matching “double bucks”
- $576 in Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) & Senior FMNP vouchers
Learn more about SNAP, Double Bucks, FMNP and Senior FMP vouchers by visiting our website. For additional information from the USDA about the SNAP program, visit their website. Check out if you’re eligible for the SNAP program and sign up by visiting the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.