Double Up program growing
It’s the height of the growing season in Indiana and that means Double Up Indiana, a program of the St. Joe Foundation, is in full swing.
Double Up gives customers who shop with SNAP (food stamps) up to $20 per day to use to purchase fruits and vegetables. Programs at farmers markets and some retail locations offer tokens or coupons to purchase the produce and others offer a 50% discount on produce purchased using SNAP.
Since the program kicked off in late summer 2021, customers have redeemed more than $200,000 in free fruits and vegetables sold in Allen County. Local Double Up locations include:
- All three Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) markets (McCormick Place, Parkview Greenhouse, South Side Market),
- Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market,
- Plowshares mobile markets and Burmese specialty markets,
- Three Rivers Natural Food Co-Op,
- The Health Food Shoppe,
- Plowshares at Union Street Market,
- Hardy’s Farm Market
- Hungry Dog Farm and,
- Coming soon: Pontiac Street Market.
Check DoubleUpIndiana.org for the locations and times of all the markets. The website also lists all 48 sites throughout Indiana where customers can take advantage of Double Up.
“All people, regardless of income, deserve access to nutritious food,” says Mary Tyndall, food programs director for the St. Joe Foundation. “Our work with Double Up Indiana allows us to ensure that some of our most vulnerable residents have access to healthy food at affordable prices.”