Help Us Fight Hunger This Year
The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market is taking an extra step to fight hunger in our community. This year we are introducing the "Home Run For Hunger" program, brought to you by the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), First Federal Credit Union, and the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Be on the watch this market season for volunteers from First Federal Credit Union and the Cedar Rapids Kernels with wagons on-site ready to accept food donations. Vendors, patrons, and the entire community are invited to help with this effort! 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. For more information and a list of acceptable donated food items, click here.
Also new to the market this year is the SNAP program. Patrons can swipe their EBTcards in exchange for tokens at the SNAP booth located at the corner of 3rd St. & 3rd Ave. Each token represents a $1 value and can be accepted by vendors as cash.
Click here for a list of approved products and more information about SNAP at the market. This program was made possible with the support and assistance from Horizons, A Family Sevice Agency, HACAP, and WellLabs.
Want to double your buck? 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!
Here's how it works:
1. Go to the SNAP booth location and tell market staff how much to debit from your SNAP EBT Card account.
2. Market staff will swipe your card and give the correct quantity of approved SNAP tokens.
3. You will receive an equal value up to $10 of Double Up Food Bucks coupons!
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.