Arizonans Receive Expanded Access to Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Produce
PHOENIX, ARIZ (June 24, 2020) – Double Up Food Bucks Arizona (Double Up AZ) is thrilled to announce the removal of the $20 daily incentive limit, effective immediately at all participating sites. Double Up AZ doubles the value of SNAP/EBT and P-EBT benefits, formerly food stamps, to be used at participating locations. A once temporary response to the COVID-19 outbreak, participating leaders are pleased to be able to offer unlimited Double Up match to all SNAP customers until further notice. This program will stabilize Arizona communities that struggle with accessing healthy nutritional foods, all while supporting the local economy, and Arizona’s food systems.
“Double Up Food Bucks Arizona has provided support throughout the market. The program introduced new customers to Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and incentivizes repeat shoppers,” says Sara Matlin Executive Director of Community Food Connections. “It has allowed us to serve a more diverse customer base including younger families and lower-income individuals. Some customers have shared how Double Up AZ has made it easier for them to eat fresh vegetables and has changed their family’s relationship to how they shop, cook and eat at home. Our farmers have also reported making more money at the market because of the program, especially in our summer season.”
Providing community members with access to healthy food through Double Up AZ is one example of how local leaders are rethinking Arizona’s food systems. With support from Fair Food Network, AZ Health Zone, Vitalyst Health Foundation, and Mercy Care Plan, Double Up AZ is implemented across Arizona, at over twenty-six participating locations. Double Up AZ partners include farmers markets, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), mobile markets, food banks, grocery and corner stores.
Community partners throughout Arizona have seen an increase in customer use of the Double Up AZ program, which directly supports Arizona’s agriculture and local economy. The unlimited Double Up match was made possible through state COVID relief funding from the Governor’s office. There will be continued opportunities for expansion of the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program, to serve more regions throughout Arizona.
“Offering the unlimited incentive match for the Double Up Food Bucks AZ program indefinitely will go a long way for Arizona families and farmers,” said Adrienne Udarbe, Pinnacle Prevention Executive Director. “Not only will this allow families to further stretch their food dollars for spending on healthy local foods, but it also puts more money into our local economy and farm businesses at a time when we need it most.”
To find a participating vendor near you, visit https://www.doubleupaz.org/locations. To recommend a new Double Up AZ location, email Pinnacle Prevention at [email protected] and provide suggested store location and benefits to adding the proposed Arizona location.
About Pinnacle Prevention
Pinnacle Prevention is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to growing healthy families and communities.Our mission is to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living. Learn more at www.pinnacleprevention.org.