If you’re shopping with SNAP benefits in Ohio, you need to know how to double your food benefits through the Produce Perks Program! This program can help you get twice as much food as you pay for when you shop at participating retailers.
In this article, we are going to talk about who is eligible for Produce Perks, how it works, and where you can go to double your SNAP food benefits. After all, there are over 100 participating locations that can help you double your SNAP food benefits!
What is Produce Perks?
The Produce Perks Program is a nutrition incentive program that is designed to help low income families get more healthy, nutritious food for their SNAP dollars. It is similar to the Double Up Food Bucks program, in that it provides a dollar-matching benefit to families who buy healthy food with their food stamps cards.
This program served over 34,930 families in 2022. It yielded over $3,962,076 in healthy food sales and benefited over 1,200 Ohio farmers and businesses. That is a huge impact for families, farmers, and the local economy!
Who is eligible for Produce Perks?
The Produce Perks Program serves all residents of Ohio who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs. P-EBT shoppers can also use this program. You just need to make sure that you are shopping at an eligible market!
If you shop in the Greater Cincinnati area, you may be able to use this program if you live in Northern Kentucky or Southeastern Indiana as well.
How does it work?
This is a dollar matching program. Basically, it means that you can get a free dollar for every dollar you spend. If you spend $5 on eligible produce, you’ll get an extra $5 for free so that you can take home $10 worth of produce.
There is a cap of $25 per day. That means that if you spend $25, you’ll get an extra $25 for a total of $50 in produce… but if you spend more than $25, you’ll still only get a $25 match.
This program works at both farmers markets and grocery stores. The process to use these benefits will depend on what kind of location you decide to visit.
Farmers Markets will require you to go the information booth before you can use Produce Perks. That’s because not every vendor at the market is signed up to process EBT payments, so it makes it easier to have on central location manage these benefits. You’ll swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend, and you’ll receive tokens in exchange for your benefits. Those tokens can be redeemed at the market’s vendors for any EBT-eligible item. You’ll also get an equal amount of Produce Perks tokens that can only be used to buy free fruits and vegetables at the market.
If you choose to shop at a grocery store, it works a little differently. You’ll shop as normal and receive up to $15 per day in dollar matching benefits. Some stores will just discount your purchase at the time of sale. Other stores may give you a coupon to redeem in the future. It just depends on the store’s policies.
Where can I use Produce Perks?
In order to use these Produce Perks benefits, you have to shop at a participating location. Here is a list of all the participating location, alphabetized by city:
|Athens||Athens Farmers Market||1002 E State Street Athens OH 45701|
|Akron||Dave’s Market||871 East Exchange Street Akron OH 44128|
|Akron||HAPI Fresh Farmers Market||381 Ontario Street Akron OH 44310|
|Akron||Summit Lake Neighborhood Farmers Market||380 West Crosier Street Akron OH 44311|
|Bath||Countryside OTS Winter Farmers Market||2315 Ira Road Bath OH 44333|
|Barberton||Barberton Farmers Market||505 W Tuscarawas Avenue Barberton OH 44203|
|Bexley||Bexley Farmers Market||E Main St and S Dawson Ave Bexley OH 43209|
|Bellefontaine||Logan County Farmers Market||Chillicothe Avenue & Detroit Street Bellefontaine OH 43311|
|Bellaire||Ohio Valley Farmers Market||32nd & Union Streets Bellaire OH 43950|
|Brookville||Hartman Heimstytte Family Farms||7293 Phillipsburg Union Road Brookville OH 45309|
|Canton||Canton Farmers Market||330 Court Ave. NW Canton OH 44702|
|Canton||StarkFresh Grocery Store||321 Cherry Ave NE Canton OH 44702|
|Canton||North Canton Farmers Market||845 W Maple St. North Canton OH 44720|
|Cincinnati||Fibonnaci’s Mount Healthy Farmers Market||1445 Compton Road Cincinnati OH 45231|
|Cincinnati||Findlay Farmers Market||1801 Race Street Cincinnati OH 45202|
|Cincinnati||Gracely Food Mart||6615 Gracely Dr. Cincinnati OH 45233|
|Cincinnati||Healthy Harvest Mobile Market||multiple locations|
|Cincinnati||Madeira Farmers Market||7011 Miami Ave Cincinnati OH 45243|
|Cincinnati||Madison’s at Findlay Market||110 West Elder Street Cincinnati OH 45202|
|Cincinnati||Meiser’s Fresh Grocery & Deli||738 State Ave. Cincinnati OH 45204|
|Cincinnati||Montgomery Farmers Market||9609 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati OH 45242|
|Cincinnati||MyWhy Price Hill Market||1655 Ross Ave Cininnati Ohio 45205|
|Cincinnati||MyWhy West End Market||500 Ezzard Charles Dr. Cincinnati OH 45203|
|Cincinnati||Northside Farmers Market||4222 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati OH 45223|
|Cincinnati||Roth Produce||1801 Race Street Cincinnati OH 45202|
|Cleveland||Coit Road Farmers Market||15000 Woodworth Rd East Cleveland OH 44110|
|Cleveland||Dave’s Market – Slavik Village||7422 Harvard Avenue Cleveland OH 44105|
|Cleveland||Dave’s Market – Midtown||1929 East 61st Street Cleveland OH 44103|
|Cleveland||Dave’s Mercado||3565 Ridge Road Cleveland OH 44102|
|Cleveland||Gateway 105 Farmers Market||1322 E 105th St Cleveland OH 44106|
|Cleveland||Good Earth Farm Stand||9600 Madison Avenue Cleveland OH 44102|
|Cleveland||Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market||16906 Albers AvenueCleveland OH 44111|
|Cleveland||League Park Market Place||7721 Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44103|
|Cleveland||North Union Farmers Market at Cleveland Clinic||Carnegie Avenue & East 100th Street Cleveland OH 44106|
|Cleveland||Old Brooklyn Farmers Market||4200 Pearl Road Cleveland OH 44109|
|Cleveland||Tremont Farmers Market||1200 Starkweather Avenue Cleveland OH 44113|
|Columbus||Clintonville Farmers Market||3535 N High St Columbus OH 43214|
|Columbus||Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Farmers Market||1777 East Broad Street Columbus OH 43203|
|Columbus||Franklinton Farms||867 West Town St, Suite A Columbus OH 43222|
|Columbus||Local Matters Veggie Van||633 Parsons Avenue Columbus OH 43206|
|Columbus||North Market||59 Spruce Street Columbus OH 43215|
|Columbus||Pearl Market||19 N Pearl Street Columbus OH 43215|
|Columbus||Westgate Farmers Market||2925 West Broad Street Columbus OH 43204|
|Coshocton||Buehler’s Fresh Foods||830 South 2nd Street Coshocton OH 43812|
|Dayton||2nd Street Market||600 E 2nd St Dayton OH 45402|
|Dayton||Dot’s Market||2274 Patterson Rd Dayton OH 45420|
|Dayton||Gem City Market||324 Salem Ave Dayton OH 45406|
|Dayton||Homefull Mobile Grocery||2003 Springboro W Rd Dayton OH 45439|
|Dayton||Mission of Mary||619 Silver Lane Dayton OH 45410|
|Dayton||Shiloh Farmers Market||5300 Philadelphia Drive Dayton OH 45415|
|Delaware||Main Street Delaware Farmers Market||Sandusky & William Streets Delaware OH 43015|
|Dover||Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market||259 South Tuscarawas Avenue Dover OH 44622|
|Dover||Buhler’s Fresh Foods||3000 North Wooster Avenue Dover OH 44622|
|Galloway||Prairie Township Farmers Market||5955 West Broad Street Galloway OH 43119|
|Hamilton||Hamilton’s Historic Farmers Market||101 High Street Hamilton OH 45011|
|Huber Heights||Farmers Market at the Heights||8625 Brandt Pike Huber Heights OH 45424|
|Kent||Haymaker Farmers Market||Franklin Avenue & Summit Street Kent OH 44240|
|Lakewood||Lakewood Earth & Food Community Farmers Market||15425 Detroit Avenue Lakewood OH 44107|
|Lakeview||Indian Lake Farmers Market||8793 Township Road 239 Lakeview OH 43331|
|Lancaster||Lancaster Farmers Market||143 W Chestnut St. Lancaster Ohio 43130|
|Lancaster||Keller Market House||134 South Columbus Street Lancaster OH 43130|
|Lima||Downtown Lima Farmers Market||7 Town Square Lima OH 45801|
|London||Procter Store||119 South Main St London OH 43140|
|Loveland||Loveland Farmers Market||205 Broadway Street Loveland OH 45140|
|Lyndhurst||North Union Farmers Market||25389 Cedar Road Lyndhurst OH 44124|
|Marysville||Union County Farmers Market||125 East 6th Street Marysville OH 43040|
|Medina||Medina Square Farmers Market||39 Public Square Medina OH 44256|
|Mount Vernon||Mount Vernon Farmers Market||1 Public Square Mount Vernon OH 43050|
|Nelsonville||Shrivers Pharmacy Nelsonville||40 Watkins Street Nelsonville OH 45764|
|New Carlisle||New Carlisle Farmers Market||Main Street & West Jefferson Street New Carlisle OH 45344|
|Newark||Canal Market District||36 E Canal Street Newark OH 43055|
|New Philadelphia||Buhler’s Fresh Foods||417 South Broadway Street New Philadelphia OH 44663|
|Orrville||Buehler’s Fresh Foods||1114 West High Street Orrville OH 44667|
|Oxford||Oxford Farmers Market||High Street & Church Street Oxford OH 45056|
|Piqua||Piqua Community Farmers Market||116 W. High Street Piqua OH 45356|
|Pomeroy||Meigs County Farmers Market||100 Main St. Pomeroy OH 45769|
|Peninsula||Countryside Farmers Market||4040 Riverview Road Peninsula OH 44264|
|Reading||Reading Farmers Market||9150 Reading Road Reading OH 45215|
|Reynoldsburg||Reynoldsburg Farmers Market||7232 E Main Street Reynoldsburg OH 43068|
|Shaker Heights||North Union Farmers Market||3401 Tuttle RoadShaker Heights OH 44122|
|Springfield||Springfield Farmers Market||117 South Fountain Avenue Springfield OH 45502|
|Stow||Stow Community Farmers Market||1567 Pilgrim Drive Stow OH 44224|
|Tiffin||Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market||125 East Market Street Tiffin OH 44883|
|Toledo||Toledo Farmers Market||525 Market Street Toledo OH 43604|
|Toledo||Westgate Farmers Market||3408 West Central Toledo OH 43606|
|Upper Arlington||Upper Arlington Famers Market||2850 Tremont Road Upper Arlington OH 43221|
|Washington Court House||Fayette County Farmers Market||101 E East St. Washington Court House|
|Waverly||Way Farms Waverly Market||403 East Emmitt Avenue Waverly OH 45690|
|Westlake||North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park||Corner of Crocker and Detroit Westlake OH 44145|
|Westerville||Westerville Farmers Market||21 S State Street Westerville OH 43081|
|Whitehall||Market on the Green||105 Norton Park Drive Whitehall OH 43213|
|Wooster||Buehler’s Fresh Foods – Wooster Town Market||336 North Market Street Wooster OH 44691|
|Wooster||Buehler’s Fresh Foods – Wooster Milltown||3540 Burbank Road Wooster OH 44691|
|Worthington||Worthington Farmers Market||646 High Street Worthington OH 43085|
|Yellow Springs||Yellow Springs Farmers Market||100 Dayton St. Yellow Springs OH 45387|
|Zanesville||Shrivers Pharmacy Zanesville||40 Watkins Street Nelsonville OH 45764|
|Zanesville||Zanesville Farmers Market||406 Brighton Boulevard Zanesville OH 43701|
Other Produce Perks Programs
The Produce Perks Program is organized by Produce Perks Midwest, a nonprofit organization that is fighting food insecurity in Ohio. Their other programs include Produce Prescription (PRx) and The Fruit and Vegetable Program.
PRx helps low income clients with diet-related diseases (including diabetes and obesity) get free fruits and vegetables every month. In order to be eligible, you have to be screened for food insecurity and work with your health care provider. The provider will issue monthly prescriptions that can be exchanged for free fruits and vegetables.
The Fruit and Vegetable Program is part of the state’s TANF initiative. It provides extra Fruit & Vegetable Coupon booklets to low income families who qualify for TANF benefits. You can exchange those coupons at certain retailers, including some home delivered produce box services.
The Produce Perks Program helps low income families in Ohio get free food when they shop with their SNAP benefits at a participating store or farmers market. You can get up to $25 per day in free food through this dollar-matching program. In order to get started, take your SNAP card to one of the retailers in this list.