BLUEGRASS DOUBLE DOLLARS

About

Bluegrass Double Dollars is a pilot project administered by Bluegrass Farm to Table and Blue Grass Community Foundation; funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program and private donors. This program is designed to make healthy, local produce more readily available to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users in the Lexington area. Specifically, the program will double the purchasing power (up to $10 per transaction) of SNAP participants to be used toward local produce at the five Lexington Farmers’ Market locations, Good Foods Co-op, Lexington Market East End and three neighborhood Fresh Stop Markets in Lexington.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through Blue Grass Community Foundation to ensure Bluegrass Double Dollars continues to benefit the Lexington community and our local farmers.

 
 

How to use Bluegrass Double Dollars

Good Foods Co-op

  • Make a qualifying SNAP purchase of at least $10 at any register
  • Receive one $10 voucher (limit 1 voucher per qualifying transaction, per customer per day). 
  • Redeem your voucher at the Hospitality Desk that day or within 30 days for fresh local fruits and vegetables, local fruit and vegetable transplants, and local herbs. No change will be given for the $10 voucher. 

Lexington Farmers’ Market

  • Visit the Market Information booth and swipe your EBT card for $10 in wooden market tokens. These can be used to buy any SNAP eligible items from the market vendors.
  • This initial token purchase with your EBT card will earn $10 worth of Bluegrass Double Dollars wooden tokens which can only be spent on local fresh fruits and veggies from market vendors.
  • Spend your tokens that day or within 30 days for local fruits and vegetables, local fruit and vegetable transplants, and local herbs at any Lexington Farmers' Market location. 

Fresh Stop Markets, Lexington. 

•    Call (207) 766-1252 to sign up and pay for a share of fresh produce. 
•    Choose between the Castlewood or East End neighborhood market locations. 
•    Pay $12 ($6 for WIC participants) with your EBT card at the market or through an arranged meeting with a community organizer. 
•    Receive a Bluegrass Double Dollars voucher for one free share of produce. 
•    Redeem your Bluegrass Double Dollars share within 30 days. 

Lexington Market East End

  • Make a purchase of at least $5 for any SNAP eligible items at the register. 
  • Receive one $5 voucher (limit 1 voucher per qualifying transaction, per customer per day). 
  • Redeem your voucher that day or within 30 days for fresh local fruits and vegetables, local fruit and vegetable transplants, and local herbs. No change will be given for the $5 voucher. 

Participating Locations

 
 





 

 
  • Castlewood Neighborhood Market: New Beginnings Church of God. Pickups every other Wednesday night from 5-7pm, June- October. 
  • East End Neighborhood Market: The Community Ventures Pavilion at the corner of Third and Midland. Pickups every other Tuesday from 5-7pm, June-October. 
  • For more information call Drew Shackleford at 207-766-1252
 
  • Lexington Market East End is located at 503 E Third St, at the corner of Third and Race. 
  • Open 9am- 8:30pm Mon-Sat
  • Open 9am-6pm on Sunday 
  • (859) 252-0051

 


How long will the program be available? 

The Bluegrass Double Dollars pilot began on June 1, 2015. The program will run as long as funding permits.

 

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