Now Offering Maine Harvest Bucks
Maine Harvest Bucks are known as “nutrition incentives,” which increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars (SNAP/EBT) spent at participating farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture farms, and retail outlets that sell local produce such as the Co-op. The program is put on by The Maine Farmland Trust.
At the Gardiner Co-op the program will work as follows and is only eligible for purchases made with an EBT card. For every local item purchased, the customer will earn one Harvest Bucks $5 voucher (limit to 3 vouchers earned per customer per day). Examples of local products include bread, dairy, meat, jam, and other locally produced food products that are accepted by EBT. Each $5 voucher may then be spent during future visits on local produce items.
Highlights of Maine Harvest Bucks
SNAP shoppers can buy more healthy food
Maine farmers gain new customers
More food dollars stay in the local economy