Articles

Farmers’ Markets and Maine Harvest Bucks are moving outside!

Categories

Spring has sprung! The weather is finally warming up in time for our farmers’ markets to move back outdoors. Are you shopping with SNAP this year? If yes, then come to one of the many farmers’ markets opening up and offering Maine Harvest Bucks. Remember, Maine Harvest Bucks DOUBLES your SNAP dollars. Spend one dollar […]

Read More

Introducing Maine Harvest Bucks’ Sister Retail Brand: Farm Fresh Rewards

Categories

  The nutrition incentives family in Maine is gaining a new member! Farm Fresh Rewards is now the title for nutrition incentives at small, locally-focused retail stores in Maine. You can still find Maine Harvest Bucks at participating direct-to-consumer locations like farm stands, CSA’s, and farmers’ markets. Our friends at Maine Farmland Trust have recently […]

Read More

MHB Winter Trainings: Focus on new horizons for the program

Categories

This winter, MFFM is hosting trainings for Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) markets to orient and inspire the program organizers for the coming 2018 season. The trainings are occuring at an opportune and transitional moment for MHB, as the initial three year federal grant that funded the incentive program comes to an end. After three years […]

Read More

2018 Maine Harvest Bucks Application & Program Update

Categories

Program Description: For the past 3 years, much of this program was funded via the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, in partnership with Wholesome Wave. During this time, the Maine Harvest Bucks brand has grown to be recognized by SNAP shoppers, farmers, and community members. Markets that offer Maine Harvest Bucks are welcoming to […]

Read More

Fundraising for SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks in 2018

Categories

Small markets The majority of the MHB markets have less than $500 in redemption from April to June. For these markets, fundraising may be as simple as: Start a fundraiser on your FB page Ask friends, family, regular shoppers, local stores, a church, local nonprofits; Dine out to donate: engage the restaurant community; these are often […]

Read More

Convention Sponsorship Boosts SNAP-programming at Farmers’ Markets

Categories

MFFM is grateful to have found a new partner for this year’s Maine Farmers’ Market Convention focused on equity and low-income food access. The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) provided a sponsorship that enabled farmers and community members working to support Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) access at farmers’ markets to come to the […]

Read More

Saco River Winter Market Launches Maine Harvest Bucks

Categories

Just two days after Thanksgiving, the Saco River Winter Market (SRWM) in Biddeford launched its Maine Harvest Bucks program. Now SNAP shoppers in Biddeford, Saco and other nearby towns can stretch their limited SNAP benefits in the coldest and costliest time of the year (one study finds 1 in 3 low-income families face limiting their […]

Read More

Maine Harvest Bucks: Good public policy.

Categories

Fresh fruits and vegetables matter. Research has shown that with many diseases, including cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart and lung disease, the consumption of fruits and vegetables play a large role as preventative medicine. While treatment for diabetes is a tough pill to swallow (often involving many, many pills), the way to prevent the […]

Read More

Maine Harvest Bucks wraps up at Summer Markets

Categories

When you see Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) at farmers’ markets, consider how this program is the product of an organized effort among farmers, vendors, volunteers and community partners at each of the 31 farmers’ markets across the state.  Because of their work, eating local is more accessible, easy and affordable for low-income Mainers receiving SNAP/EBT.  […]

Read More