Using food stamps? Add extra bucks to your budget

Posted: September 15, 2011

People who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP, formerly known as food stamps - have two ways to make the most of their purchasing power.

One is Philly Food Bucks, a program of the Food Trust. Shoppers who spend $5 on produce at one of the more than 25 farmer's markets operated by the Food Trust get a $2 Philly Food Buck in return, on the spot. A list of those markets is at www.thefoodtrust.org. Or call the Food Trust at 215-575-0444.

The other program, Double Dollars, is available only at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market. This is a dollar-for-dollar benefit; for every $5 in SNAP dollars spent, you get $5 in Double Dollars.

Double Dollars can be used to buy meat, eggs, or anything else at the farmstand - not just fruits and vegetables, but only at the Farmstand.

As an added convenience, Philly Food Bucks are accepted for purchases at the Fair Food Farmstand.


Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets; Monday to Saturday, 8 to 6; Sunday 9 to 5; 215-386-5211, Ext. 120; www.fairfoodphilly.org/our-work/double-dollars. e-mail: farmstand@fairfoodphilly.org

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