FULL REPORT-DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS 2018 EVALUATION
We’re pleased to announce the release of the full report of our Year Three (2018) Double Up Food Bucks Evaluation. Funded by a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant and with the help of partners statewide, LiveWell launched the Double Up Food Bucks program in Colorado in 2016, offering SNAP shoppers a $1 match of fresh Colorado-grown produce for every $1 they spend on SNAP-eligible items at farm stands, farmers markets, retail and neighborhood stores, Community Supported Agriculture boxes (CSAs), direct farms, and supermarket chain stores throughout the state.
In 2018, the program supported over 400 farms and more than 4,000 SNAP recipients. This is great news for our farmers and vendors, 84% of whom reported an increase in selling more fruits and vegetables as well as an increased customer base. More Coloradans are eating healthier—and stretching their dollars further—because they are able to afford more fruits and vegetables.
You can read all about our 2018 findings in the full version of the report, which we have linked to below. It includes results from the 2018 program and a look at our outreach strategies like our Community Food Advocates program, which included 13 active Advocates and 6 Regional Partners in 11 counties across Colorado.