Double-Up SNAP Benefits Market Application
Application open: September 29, 2017- October 16, 2017
The West Virginia Farmers Market Association (WVFMA), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, and West Virginia University Extension Service are seeking qualified farmers markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, and retail farm markets to be part of a Double-Up Bucks Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Project, via the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program. The purpose of this application is to gauge interest and identify markets that would like to be part of a Double-Up Snap Benefits Project if funding is granted. This program would begin during the 2018 market season and continue through 2021.

More about Double-Up Bucks:
Individuals using SNAP at a farmers market will be able to gain incentives to double their SNAP dollars to redeem for SNAP supported foods (more specific guidelines to be provided) and vendors at the farmers market will be reimbursed for redeemed benefits from the FINI grant funds. All traditional farmers markets, on-farm markets, farm stands, and CSA farms are eligible to apply that meet the requirements below.
Qualified markets requirements:
• Consistently accept SNAP Benefits at your market
• Member of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association- Join here
• Appoint a SNAP Coordinator (may be the market manager or volunteer)
• Must be open at least one day a week during peak market season
• Must meet the definition of a traditional farmers market, consignment market, on-farm market, online farmers market or farm stand as defined by West Virginia State Code:
1. “A traditional farmers market in which two or more vendors gather to sell farm and food products directly to consumers at a fixed location.”
2. “An on-farm market or farm stand run by an individual producer that sells farm and food products.”
3. “Consignment farmers market means a farmers market in which two or more vendors deliver their own farm and food products to a common location maintained by a third party that markets the vendors' products and receives a percentage share of the profits from sales, with the individual vendor retaining ownership of the farm and food product until it is sold.”
4. “An online farmers market in which two or more vendors collectively market farm and food products and retain ownership of those productions until sold.”

If the entity does not meet the definition of a farmers market, the entity must be a:
• Community supported agriculture model
• Brick and mortar farm market retail space

“Traditional farmers markets” must average six vendors during core market production season.

The USDA FINI Grant requires a 1:1 match from the community level. It is our intent to apply for $500,000 of funding, which requires $500,000 in community match. Entities selected must provide matching funds from community sponsors. Due to great need in all communities, arrangements may be made for qualified markets that are unable to meet the recommended match amount.

Participants enrolled in the program must submit total sales data and SNAP redemption data throughout the course of the project in order to remain eligible for grant funds.

Note: Please do not send the WVFMA/WV Food & Farm Coalition matching funds. Matching funds are to be managed by each market’s staff and/or board.

Please contact Carly Stover for any questions regarding your application or 304-377-7789

Market Name
SNAP Coordinator Name
SNAP Coordinator Email
Market Manager Name
Market Manager Email
Is your market a member of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association?
Does your market accept SNAP benefits?
If yes, how long has your market been accepting SNAP benefits?
How often and what day(s) of the week is your market open?
How many vendors does your location have during market season?
Is your market able to provide the recommended $5,000 matching funds?
Does your market meet the definition of a traditional, on-farm, or farm stand market?
Has your market ever participated in a Double-Up SNAP Program before?
We ask that markets selected for this program submit all sales data and SNAP sales data to the West Virginia Farmers Market Association to track effectiveness of this project.
Please submit your letter of support for the Double-Up SNAP Benefits Project
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