How It Works

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nearly 170,000 Hawai‘i residents with monthly benefits to purchase food. The program is an important stepping stone out of poverty for families who otherwise would not be able to pay for things like education or reliable transportation to work.

SNAP nutrition incentives are a way to take it a step further.

These programs offer SNAP users a coupon or voucher to spend on additional fruits and vegetables. A popular model nationally is Double Up Food Bucks, which matches the purchase of locally-grown produce dollar-for-dollar. Double Up Food Bucks—also known as SNAP incentives—offer SNAP users a coupon or voucher that doubles their purchasing power when they purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

This model doubles the participant’s purchasing power—so $10 of benefits would be worth $20 of produce—and doubles the income for grocers and farmers. These initiatives encourage healthier diets while also amplifying the multiplier effect of SNAP in the local economy.

I have nothing but praise and gratitude for this outstanding program. I love my veggies and salads, which so many of us cannot afford to buy with prices so high. I’m grateful that in these days of costly foods there is help out there, keep up programs like this.
— Hawai'i Island farmers' market shopper