Update on Double Up Implementation
With the newly passed Act 153, which created a Double Up Food Bucks program, people are eagerly awaiting the program’s launch. The bill appropriates $50,000 per year for the next two years for a program will that will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $10 per visit, per day, to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries who purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, grocery stores, and community-supported agriculture projects.
The Double Up Food Bucks program is still in the early implementation stages, but consumers can expect to find the program at several certified SNAP retailers statewide in early 2020. For the first year, sites will include farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), grocery stores, and mobile markets participating through the following organizations:
Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Clinic
Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
MA‘O Organic Farms
The Food Basket – Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank,
In future years, the plan is to expand to additional markets, with a focus on serving areas of high need across all islands.
Governor Ige signs SB 390 into law!
Last week, SB 390, which appropriates funds to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for Double Up Food Bucks, became Act 153. The Department of Agriculture will be working with community groups to get these funds to SNAP users across the State over the coming 2 years. Community groups, led by The Food Basket on Hawaii Island, have applied for matching federal funds, and local funders have also stepped up to amplify the impact of this program, ensure that it can reach communities around the islands.
Hawaii State Legislature Funds Double Up!
On Friday, April 26, a committee of conferees from the Hawaii State Legislature, led by Representative DeCoite (Upcountry Maui, Lana’i, Molokai) and Senator Ruderman (Ka’u, Puna) signed SB 390 and sent it to Governor’s desk for signature.
The measure will fund Double Up to the tune of $50K per year for 2 years - funds that will be matched with existing federal funds and channeled directly into the local economy!
Say Mahalo by sending them an email!
Rep. DeCoite (EMAIL)
Sen. Ruderman (EMAIL)
In The News
Civil Beat: New Law Lets SNAP Cardholders Double Up On Local Produce
Hawaii’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will offer more local produce for half the price to low-income families.
KITV: Two new bills to keep Hawaii's families healthy signed into law
Governor David Ige signed two bills to expand access to healthy food and beverages across the state.
Star Advertiser CRAVE: Double Up Food Bucks pays dividends beyond feeding needy
Who doesn’t like a two-for-one deal — especially one that extends beyond the shopper into the economy?
Hawaii News Now: ‘A no-brainer’: Thousands on Big Island now eligible for big discounts on produce.
As the program launches, lawmakers are already considering a proposal that would take it statewide.
Civil Beat Editorial: Feed Hawaii’s Hungry
Lawmakers must help the tens of thousands of children who don’t have enough to eat.
Star Advertiser Island Voice: Double up on SNAP to help low-income families eat healthy
We should do everything we can at the local level to expand SNAP incentive programs in Hawaii.
Civil Beat Community Voice: How To Encourage Healthy Diets And Support Local Agriculture
Nutrition incentive programs like SNAP help stretch budgets and put good food on tables.
Civil Beat Big Island: Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry
Nearly 13 percent of Hawaii Island residents are “food insecure,” according to the USDA — well above the statewide average.