Double Up Food Bucks
By The Numbers

 

$3,827,521

Estimated annual economic benefit of a statewide Double Up Food Bucks program

169,045

Number of SNAP users in Hawaiʻi (2017)

$479.7 Million

Total SNAP dollars spent in Hawaiʻi (2017)

$1.79

Economic multiplier for every $1 of SNAP spent on local produce.

 
 
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Double Up: A Triple Win

 
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Helps Families

  • Doubles purchasing power of low-income households

  • Improves access to affordable and healthy food

  • Reduces rural food deserts

  • Creates jobs and economic opportunity

  • Reduces diet-related health problems and lowers healthcare costs

Helps Farmers

  • Expands customer base

  • Increases sales and farm profits

  • Stimulates farm expansion in both acreage and crop diversity

  • Offers new marketing opportunities that complement existing wholesale systems

  • Provides good gateway markets for beginning farmers

Helps Communities

  • Keeps food dollars in the local economy

  • Builds community food self-reliance

  • Draws additional federal funds into the state as a match

  • Creates economic opportunity in high-need communities

  • Shifts public policy so that future federal nutrition assistance programs address health, hunger, nutrition and support a sustainable food system

 

Impact Areas

SNAP Double Bucks can change communities and lives. Here’s how.

 
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Hunger

Without SNAP incentives, thousands of families would not be able to afford fruits and vegetables for their kids.

 
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Agriculture

Farmers involved in Double Up have reported that they were making more money and increasing the scope of their operations by planting more acres, buying equipment, and hiring more workers.

 
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Health

SNAP incentives encourage the purchase of healthier options, contributing to improved diet and overall health and wellness.

 
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ECONOMY

SNAP stimulates local economies. Every $1 spent in SNAP results in $1.79 in economic activity.

A state-funded SNAP incentive program will help us draw additional federal funds into the state as a match.

 
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Opportunity

SNAP incentive programs double the purchasing power of low income residents, freeing up income for other basic needs, such as housing, medical bills, and transportation.

 
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“So as much as it was a nutrition program for us, Double Up was also a learning program for me to be able to teach my son, ‘Hey, this is the stuff that’s going to help you stay healthier, help you feel better throughout the day.’”

~Double Up Shopper