Community Spotlight: Double Up Nebraska

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Double Up Nebraska

Double Up Food Bucks is a service that provides SNAP recipients the opportunity to earn up to $20 per day of Double Up Food Bucks when they use their EBT card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The DUFB can then be spent on more fresh fruits and vegetables at participating locations. Over 1,700 SNAP families spent $84,000 at local grocery stores and farmers markets in 2020 alone. That earned over $84,000 in DUFB, which improves not only the families lives but also local farmers and economies. A store that sells more produce will be able to stock more produce, which benefits the community. Double Up Food Bucks is looking to expand because of the USDA grant that increased the number of sites. They are currently looking for a few local community champions to help them expand!

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What services do you provide?
SNAP recipients can earn up to $20/day of Double Up Food Bucks when they use their EBT card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The DUFB can then be spent on MORE fresh fruits and veggies at our participating locations.

How have you seen the organization make a difference?
In 2020, over 1,700 SNAP families spent $84,000 at local grocery stores and farmers markets to earn over $84,000 in Double Up Food Bucks. This makes a difference for those families but also our local farmers and economies. When stores sell more produce they can stock more produce which is a benefit for the entire community.

Is there anything you wish more people knew about your organization?
I wish people knew that we want to expand. We have a USDA grant to increase the number of sites. All we need is a few local community champions! People can visit our website, fill out our interest form and join an upcoming meeting.

Contact Information

Contact: Vanessa Wielenga MS, RD, associate extension educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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