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Double Up Dakota Bucks

Updated November 09, 2023

Anna Tvedt

SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist

medicine wheel with a carrot, orange, tomato and other fruits and vegetables

Originally written by Jennifer Folliard, former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist.

Double Up Dakota Bucks doubles the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, benefits when used on fresh fruits and vegetables. Double Up Dakota Bucks is supported by SDSU Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Fair Food Network.

Double Up Dakota Bucks is a grant-funded program that benefits farmers, low-income families, and retailers! Double Up Dakota Bucks doubles the value of SNAP dollars spent on fresh produce. For example, for every $1 spent on fresh fruits and vegetables, $1 is matched, up to $20 per customer, per visit.

Families, farmers, and local retailers all benefit from Double Up Dakota Bucks! Families are able to stretch their SNAP food dollars with the purchase of healthy foods, farmers sell more produce, and local retailers get more business! 

SDSU Extension has been involved in Double Up Dakota Bucks projects since 2018 with a focus at farmers markets and grocery stores in rural and tribal areas. Participating grocery stores have observed SNAP customers using incentives to purchase more fruits and vegetables. As a result, grocery stores have seen produce sales increase by more than two times since Double Up Food Bucks implementation. In many locations, SDSU Extension is able to offer on-site nutrition education. 

For more information, contact Anna Tvedt, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist. 

“People are keeping track of them and using them (coupons) later in the month when their SNAP dollars have been expended, and having the opportunity to get great fruits and vegetables to take home to their families.”

— Danielle Michaelson, Rolla, ND Farmer’s Market manager