Health Bucks and EBT

Farmers markets across the country are offering incentives to shoppers who use SNAP to purchase local food, but it all started here in NYC ten years ago.

Health Bucks are paper vouchers, worth $2 each, developed and distributed by NYC Health Department District Public Health Offices. For every $5 a customer spends using snap, s/he receives one $2 Health Buck coupon to spend at the farmers market. This increase of 40% in buying power stretches a SNAP budget and encourages shoppers to spend more of their monthly Food Stamp allotment on fresh produce from the market. This innovative program helps GrowNYC/Greenmarket provide additional opportunities for residents to buy fresh and affordable produce while supporting regional farmers.

In 2016, Greenmarket distributed over $330,000 in Health Bucks.

Health Bucks are now available at Greenmarkets year round!

Learn more about the NYC Department of Health's Health Bucks program.

When inclement weather in the city or in the greater region affects markets, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. 

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