FARMERS MARKET FOOD PROGRAMS
Duvall Farmers Market continues its commitment to providing access to fresh local healthy food to all members of the community, regardless of income.
We accept EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, formerly known as Food Stamps. EBT may be used to purchase fresh or processed food, but not prepared ready to eat served food, in compliance with program regulations. To utilize EBT, market patrons come to the market information booth at the base of the steps to have their card scanned in exchange for tokens. The tokens may then be used with any vendor with eligible products. This system allows the market to absorb the administrative costs of providing EBT instead of passing the cost on to farmers and other vendors.
To increase access to fresh produce, Duvall Farmers Market participates in the Fresh Bucks Program, which matches the first $10 of EBT used on produce. This applies only to produce, not processed or prepared foods. Fresh Bucks will be given by request when EBT is exchanged for tokens.
This year we are also expanding our matching program to include WIC and Senior FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) checks. These are distributed to eligible patrons in June. WIC and Senior FMNP checks can only be used with farmers certified to take them, and can only be used for fresh produce, in compliance with program regulations. The majority of our farmers are certified to handle WIC/Senior FMNP checks, and will display the WIC/Senior FMNP poster. Check holders can have their checks marked at the market information booth and receive a market coupon which doubles the value of the check.
A few anonymous donors have committed to funding the matching programs this season, and the market continues to search for additional sponsors for this program. DFM hopes to receive funding from a USDA grant whose purpose is to increase access to fresh food in farmers markets. This would provide a stable and reliable funding source and expand our ability to match benefits. The market is also exploring ways in which to provide outreach and education to eligible patrons.
Throughout the market are crates for collecting donations of fresh food for the Food Pantry at Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Duvall. The farmers are very generous with donations of produce, and we encourage the market patrons to contribute as well. Holy Innocents Church has sponsored a food pantry for nearly two decades, serving over two hundred individuals each week. Anyone who asks for help is given assistance. Food Pantry clients come primarily from Duvall, Monroe and Carnation. Basic food and produce is provided as available, as well as non-food items such as toiletries, toilet paper and diapers. There is also an area with clothing, household items, toys and books from which people are welcome to take as needed. Food Pantry clients come primarily from Duvall, Monroe and Carnation.
If you or your organization is interested in helping to fund our EBT matching program, volunteer to develop outreach and education materials, or deliver market food donations to Holy Innocents each week, please contact Marlene Lambert, the market manager. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-381-0385.