No. You must have a balance on your Hoosier Works card in order to receive Fresh Bucks checks when you arrive at the participating farmers market.
Fresh Bucks can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, tree nuts, and seedlings for edible plants.
Check out the locations page for participating markets hours and locations.
No, you are welcome to spend as much or as a little of your SNAP benefits as you like, however we can only match up to $20 of Fresh Bucks. SNAP tokens must be spent at the market you receive them at. Fresh Bucks can be used at any markets with participating Fresh Bucks produce vendors (look for signage).
Fresh Bucks can be used to purchase any eligible product at the market. Look for the Fresh Bucks signs or just ask the vendor if they will accept them.
Contact the Nutrition Incentive Program Manager at FreshBucks@MarionHealth.org.
No, you can only purchase fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, herbs, spices, seeds and seedlings for edible plants with your Fresh Bucks checks; however, the SNAP tokens that you receive can be spent on any SNAP eligible products.
We want the farmers to get paid instantly and for the ease of tracking Fresh Bucks distribution and redemption, we utilize a check process. Because SNAP is a federal program we have to continue utilizing the token process in order for the markets to track distribution and redemption of SNAP dollars.
Yes, the farmers will directly deposit the checks into their bank accounts. They must be approved vendors by completing an application and receiving an approved stamp that must be on all checks before depositing.
You can receive Fresh Bucks each week that you go to a market. You do not need to go to the same market each week; however, you must spend all tokens at the market from where you received them. Most tokens have the logo of the market you received them at.
Yes, Fresh Bucks will be available at participating markets through summer and winter season markets.
Your Fresh Bucks checks are valid throughout the market season. You may use them at the same market on a different day. Fresh Bucks checks do expire at the end of year each season. Be sure to check the expiration date on the checks.
Fresh Bucks and Produce Rx is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program. The Marion County Public Health Department, Chronic Disease Department is the central administrator of Fresh Bucks and Produce Rx.