Berlin – The Berlin Marketplace has launched a healthy food incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks.
Double Up matches the value of SNAP benefits spent on locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. This not only helps low-income families bring home more nutritious food, but the program also supports local farmers. (SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.)
At the Berlin Marketplace customers will receive 50 percent off New England grown produce purchased with their SNAP/EBT card up to $20 per day. The discount will be automatically applied at the register. Customers should let the cashier know before checking out that they will be paying with their SNAP/EBT card. Customers do not need to sign up to receive this discount. As long as they are paying with SNAP/EBT, they are eligible.
The program is already in place in Berlin and will extend through the end of the year for locally grown produce that remains available.
Local produce items are marked on the shelf with a Double Up sign. Some highlights include salad greens, kale and tomatoes from the Six Acre Farm in Milan.