People shopping with a Bridge Card or with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) tokens left over from the Southeast Area Market can still take advantage of this program through the end of November locally at the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market. This is the only Grand Rapids area farmers’ market in the program that hasn’t closed for the season.
The Fulton Street Market is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Simply stop by the Bridge Card booth in the brick building on Fulton and Fuller St. to get your DUFB tokens.
When a person eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) uses their SNAP Bridge Card to shop for food at a farmers’ market, the amount of money spent is matched with Double Up Food Bucks bonus tokens. Shoppers earn up to $20 per market day in credits on their Market Card by using their Bridge Card to buy Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and other approved farm foods with any participating vendor.
If you find it difficult to put healthy food on the table, USDA’s nutrition assistance programs may be able to help. Call 1-855-ASK-MICH. For information on emergency food assistance, visit the Food Bank Council of Michigan or call United Way’s 2-1-1 service (dial 211 on any phone). To apply for a Bridge Card, visit the website www.mibridges.gov on your home computer, at the library or at the Department of Human Services building.