Arkansas shoppers, you can double your SNAP benefits when you shop for healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at participating retailers!
Double Up Food Bucks
Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP shoppers to double their money with a dollar matching program. That means that for every $2 in SNAP benefits you spend at participating retailers, you can receive $4 in food. You’ll literally get twice as much as you pay for.
Although there are other programs that do the same thing, Double Up Food Bucks refers to a specific program offered by a specific organization. This nationwide movement is spearheaded by a nonprofit from Washington DC. This organization operates SNAP doubling programs in over 25 states across the union.
In Arkansas, the Double Up dollar-matching program runs seasonally from May 1st until October 31st. There are farmer’s markets and even grocery stores that participate in this incredible program.
Double Up at Farmer’s Markets
To use your Double Up option at a farmer’s market or stand, you usually need to visit the information booth before you begin shopping. They’ll swipe your EBT card there and ask you how much you want to spend. You’ll receive twice that amount in tokens that can be exchanged for fresh fruit and vegetables.
According to a video overview by the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, the tokens you receive will be in two colors: brown and silver. The brown tokens represent the amount of money you actually spent and the silver tokens are the free “double up” tokens. It appears the brown tokens can be redeemed for any EBT-eligible product but the silver tokens can only be used for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The following markets and farm stands participate in the program, as of this publication.
- Bell Urban Farm (Conway, AR)
- Historic Downtown Farmers Market (Hot Springs, AR)
- Sycamore Bend Farm (Eureka Springs, AR)
- Arkansas Local Food Network (Little Rock, AR)
- Little Rock Farmer’s Market (Little Rock, AR)
- University District Farmers Market (Little Rock, AR)
- St. Joseph Farm Stand (North Little Rock, AR)
- Ray 5 Farm (Malvern, AR)
- The Market at McCrory (McCrory, AR)
- Springdale Farmers Market at Jones Center (Springdale, AR)
- Grand Prairie Farmers Market (Stuttgart, AR)
- Vilonia Farmers Market (Vilonia, AR)
Double Up at Grocery Stores
You can use Double Up at participating grocery stores as well, but only during the open season of May 1 to October 31st each year.
The process is a little different at the grocery store. You’ll need to ask the cashier to apply DUFB to your order at checkout. This will give you a 50% discount on eligible, locally-grown Arkansas produce. There is a $20 limit on the discount per day. That means you can buy $40 in produce and get $20 taken off your order. If you spend more than $40, you’ll still only get $20 taken off the order at checkout.
There are several participating grocery stores, including:
- Blytheville Hays (Blytheville, AR)
- Helena / West Helena Hays (Helena, AR)
- Jonesboro Food Smart (Jonesboro, AR)
- Newport Food Smart (Newport, AR)
- Paragould Hays (Paragould, AR)
- Van Buren Price Cutter (Van Buren, AR)
The largest grocery store chain that participates in DUFB is Harps. There are 24 Harps locations registered to participate in this program, so I wanted to give them their own separate list.
Here are the Harps locations:
- Fort Smith (74th St & Market Trace)
- Green Forrest
- Hot Springs Harps
- Mountain View
- Siloam Springs
- Springdale (3 locations)
- Walnut Ridge
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