You can get free fresh fruits and vegetables when you shop at markets that participate in Double Up Food Bucks Utah! This program provides incentives to shoppers who use their SNAP EBT food benefits at participating markets.
In this article, we’ll describe what this program is, who is eligible, how it works and what you need to do to start getting free fresh fruits and vegetables!
What is Double Up Food Bucks Utah?
Double Up Food Bucks is a nationwide organization that helps low income families across America get more healthy food with their food benefits. This program operates in most states.
In Utah, the program operates at over 20 local farmers markets throughout the year. These markets can provide you with up to $30 in free locally grown produce when you shop with your EBT card.
Who is eligible?
If you shop with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits in the state of Utah, you can use this program! There are no additional eligibility requirements.
In fact, the Double Up programs aren’t even limited to in-state shoppers. If you’re visiting Utah from out-of-state, you should be able to double up your out-of-state benefits as well!
By the way, if you’re eligible for extra food under the Double Up Food Bucks Utah program then you’re also eligible for these EBT discounts in Utah as well!
How does it work?
It’s so easy to use this program! You just need to visit a participating market, go to the information tent, and swipe your EBT card. You’ll get two sets of tokens equal to the amount you spent: one set of tokens can be used on any EBT-eligible items at the market and the second set of free Double Up tokens can only be used to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The program will match your purchase dollar-for-dollar up to $30 per day.
What markets are participating?
Utahns Against Hunger states that there are currently over 20 markets that provide these benefits throughout the year but the list is constantly changing. At this time, the only available list I could find was for Winter 2023 which has already passed.
I reached out to the Executive Director of Utahns Against Hunger to ask if they had a more updated list available and I was informed that they did not. Director Gina Cornia informed me that the list of markets is managed by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.
In the meantime, this list the list of participating markets that I was able to locate:
|Cedar City Farmers Market at IFA
|905 S Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720
|Festival City Farmers Market
|45 W. Center Street, Cedar City UT 84720
|Nature Hills Farm
|4326 N 2100 W Cedar City, UT 84721
|Red Acre Farm
|2322 West 4375 North, Cedar City UT 84721
|Salt Lake City
|Downtown Winter Farmers Market
|6 North Rio Grande Street, SLC UT 84101
|Farmers Market Ogden
|Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave, Ogden UT 84401
The Double Up Food Bucks Utah program provides up to $30 in free fruits and vegetables per day through their dollar-matching program. All you need to do is visit a participating market (as listed in this article) and purchase EBT-eligible items with your SNAP food benefits in order to receive those freebies. It’s a great way to get more food with your food benefits!