Help Us Fight Hunger This Year
The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market is taking an extra step to fight hunger in our community. Through community partnerships for food donation and participating in federal and state-level programs to assist people in their time of need, we're doing our part to fight food insecurity in our community.
Homerun for Hunger
As a partner for Homerun for Hunger with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, HACAP Food Resevoir and First Federal Credit Union, we're thrilled to say that more than 7,000 lbs. of food have been donated from our vendors to area food pantries over the last two years!
Be on the lookout this market season for volunteers in neon yellow shirts with wagons ready to accept food donations. Vendors, patrons, and the entire community are invited to help with this effort! You can bring fresh food items to the Info Booth (located at 2nd Ave. & 3rd Street SE) to be donated to this program. Donated items will be taken to the on-site HACAP mobile pantry and delivered to the food reservoir that serves Linn County and six surrounding counties. Most donations are distributed to the community within 48 hours of donation.
SNAP & Double Up Food Bucks
Market patrons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits can shop at our market, also. And with the Double Up Food Bucks program, customers can get more for their money at the Downtown Farmers' Market, New Pioneer Co-Op and Fareway Stores!
How do SNAP tokens work?
Patrons can swipe their EBTcards in exchange for tokens at the Info Booth, located at 2nd Ave. SE & 3rd Street SE. Each token represents a $1 value and can be accepted by most applicable vendors as cash.SNAP tokens can be spent on almost any food item designed to be taken off site for consumption. This includes:
- wrapped baked goods like sweet breads
- dry products, such as pastas
- products packaged in jars, such as jam or salsa
- and more!
How does Double Up Food Bucks Work?
Want to double your haul at the market? Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) provides Iowa residents who receive SNAP benefits with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets!
Each Double Up coupon is worth $1, so if you have $5 worth of SNAP tokens, you receive $5 of Double Up Food Bucks. If you have $10 of SNAP tokens, you receive $10 of Double Up Food Bucks. DUFB can be used to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and plants that produce food.
Here's a quick video to show you how it works: