Double Dollars is expanding to west Kentucky as two farmers markets in Calloway and Daviess County become eligible for the program.
Some $1.4 million in federal, state and private dollars will fund the expansion across 22 counties. Community Farm Alliance Treasurer John Wyatt said the double dollars program addresses food insecurity while promoting local farming. The program available for SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program recipients, increases spending power at local farmers markets.
SNAP recipients receive monthly benefits through an electronic benefits transfer card to purchase food. Wyatt said Double Dollars matches up to $12 of those benefits at participating markets when buying fruits and vegetables.
“That’s the whole thing about this,” Wyatt said. “Trying to make good quality, local food available to everybody.”
According to a 2017 USDA report, around 45,000 households receive SNAP benefits in Kentucky’s first district.
Double Dollars is already available in central and eastern Kentucky and begins in the downtown Murray Farmers Market and Owensboro Regional Farmers Market July 1.