Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and Senior Project FRESH Benefits
The East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) accepts the SNAP/ Bridge cards at the market each Sunday. In addition, customers can stretch their dollars with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) benefits. The ELFM also accepts WIC and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.
SNAP/ Bridge Card Benefits
Customers can redeem their SNAP benefits at the ELFM by visiting the information booth during the hours of the market. After swiping SNAP/Bridge cards, recipients are given $1 wooden tokens to purchase eligible food products with participating vendors.
Double Up Food Bucks
In addition, ELFM offers Double Up Food Bucks benefits. The DUFB program "matches" SNAP/Bridge card dollars spent at farmer's markets. Whatever you spend on your SNAP/Bridge Card, you’ll get a dollar for dollar match (up to $10, beginning January 15, 2023) in DUFB tokens that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. So, if you spend $10 on your SNAP/Bridge Card, you’ll get an extra $10 for FREE.
The DUFB program is an initiative of the Fair Food Network, which encourages healthier eating and provides greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income Michigan families.
Learn about how the program works.
Customers can use their Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) coupons at participating vendors at the ELFM. Some restrictions may apply on what can be purchased with the coupons. WIC users must visit their local WIC office to receive their coupons to use at the ELFM.
WIC provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH
Customers that are members of the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program can use their coupons at participating vendors at the ELFM. Some restrictions may apply on what can be purchased with the coupons.
The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age.
The program provides participants free nutrition counseling and $20 in coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods sold at local farmers markets and roadside stands.