- Categories: Community Care Fund
- Tags: Food Insecurity
Community Care Grant Project Name & Year Funded:
- Double Bucks Program, 2014-2015
About the Durham Farmers’ Market:
The Durham Farmers’ Market has been offering fresh, local produce, artisanal foods and handcrafted wares in downtown Durham since 1998. When we started, the market was little more than a few farmers and crafters joining the kids from SEEDS in the gravel parking lot of the old Durham Bulls stadium on Morris Street. Through the tenacity of those early vendors (many of whom are still selling at the market) and the support of residents who saw the value of good, fresh local food and handmade crafts, we have expanded to more than 70 vendors.
The market has a long history of working to increase food access within our community. In 2005 we began accepting WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks and in 2008 we began accepting FMNP Senior’s Vouchers. In 2010, Farmer Foodshare added a Donation Station at the market. Between 2010 and 2013, the Durham Donation Station collected over 13,000 pounds of food which were donated to Iglesia Emanuel and the Reality Center. After several years of work, the DFM began accepting SNAP/EBT benefits in April 2014. In July of the same year, we started a Double Bucks Program, which doubles SNAP benefits up to $10. Thanks to a successful Indiegogo Campaign in the winter of 2014, the Double Bucks Program is fully funded through 2015.