What can I buy with Double Up Food Bucks?
Double Up Food Bucks can only be used to purchase Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables.
What if my SNAP (food stamps) benefits are expired?
You may apply for public assistance by contacting the Colorado Department of Human Services at 1-800-536-5298 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on holidays) or by visiting www.Colorado.gov/PEAK.
What if I don’t qualify for SNAP (food stamps)?
We hope you’ll enjoy shopping at your local farmers market or food store even if you don’t qualify for SNAP. If you have questions about how to qualify, please contact the Colorado Department of Human Services at 1-800-536-5298 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on holidays) or by visiting www.Colorado.gov/PEAK.
How do I cook the fresh fruits and vegetables that I buy?
There are many wonderful resources to help you learn how to cook the foods you’ve purchased. While you’re at the market, consider asking the vendor their favorite way to prepare the fruits and vegetables you’ve purchased. You can also find resources on coloradoproduce.org and www.CookingMatters.org.
What types of produce can I find and when are certain foods in season?
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association can help you understand what’s in season and the types of foods you may find at Colorado markets and retailers. View the produce calendar for a list of “in season” items and simply click on each food for more information, nutrition facts and recipes!
Do the vouchers expire?
Yes. The Double Up Food Bucks 2017 vouchers are good until March 31, 2018. However, many markets and food box programs end October 31st. Make sure to ask staff at your market when they close for the season, or for how long they will have Colorado-grown produce in stock and make sure to use your Double Up Food Bucks before the end of the season.
How do I know which stores or market vendors accept Double Up Food Bucks?
Look for the “Double Up Food Bucks Accepted Here” signs displayed at food stores, market stalls, or ask vendors before making a purchase.
Can I use my Double Up Food Bucks at any participating market?
Yes. You can use your Double Up Food Bucks at any store, food box program, or market that accepts them, no matter where you received them. Visit our locations page for a complete list of participating markets.
Why is it only for fruits and vegetables?
Double Up Food Bucks is a program with multiple goals: First is to help families access more fresh, healthy foods, and second is to support local farmers. By restricting Double Up to Colorado-grown produce, the program helps local farmers boost their incomes, which is great for our economy, and ensures families will have access to fresh, high-quality produce. Customers can still use regular SNAP (food stamp) benefits for other food items, like meats, cheeses, and fresh breads.
Are fruits and vegetables more expensive at farmers markets than at my local store?
Farmers market prices compare well with the supermarket produce aisle! Several recent studies have found that farmers market prices are competitive with regular supermarket prices. Some prices are slightly higher, some are slightly lower, but they are in the same range. Make sure to shop for what is in season and look around the market before deciding what to buy.
Why isn’t it at my grocery store?
We have a limited number of Double Up partners in 2017. If you’d like to see the program in your grocery store, call us at 720.573.3632 to let us know you want Double Up in your area! For a complete list of markets and food stores that accept SNAP EBT Cards or other food assistance programs, visit the SNAP Retailer Locator page on USDA’s website.
I’d like to start accepting Double Up Food Bucks. How do I sign up?
To start accepting Double Up Food Bucks, connect with one of our participating markets or small retailers listed on our locations page. In 2017, we have more than 80 Double Up locations throughout Colorado. Contact a market manager to find out about participating in the 2017 Double Up Food Bucks season.
Am I eligible to become a Double Up Food Bucks vendor?
Double Up Food Bucks is a program focused on increasing access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Double Up Food Bucks vendors must sell fresh fruits, vegetables, or fresh cut herbs grown in the state of Colorado to take this currency.
I grow food close to the Colorado border and sell at a participating market. Can I accept Double Up Food Bucks?
Yes! Double Up Food Bucks is intended to support a local Colorado economy, and we know you contribute to that economy! If you grow close to the border and are a grower-only/sell-what-you-grow vendor contact your market manager to discuss participation in Double Up Food Bucks Colorado!
What can customers buy with Double Up Food Bucks versus SNAP/Food Stamps Benefits?
Customers can buy fresh, Colorado grown fruits and vegetables with their Double Up Food Bucks. However, SNAP/food stamp dollars can be used to buy any edible food item, except for hot and ready items.
Why can customers only buy Colorado-Grown Fruits and Vegetables with Double Up Food Bucks?
Double Up Food Bucks Colorado is a program with multiple goals: to help low-income families access more fresh, healthy foods AND to support local farmers. By restricting Double Up Food Bucks to Colorado-grown produce, the program helps local farmers boost their incomes, and that is great for the Colorado economy.