The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is one of the many spots where SNAP customers can use Double Up Food Bucks! On Saturdays, you can head to this market to Double Up on fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s what members of the community had to say about the Double Up program, and how buying local food is beneficial for everyone.
Matlin said she also likes how Double Up puts the spotlight on farmers. With the program, more dollars go directly to local growers. She said it encourages them to put more of an emphasis on the fact that their produce was grown in Arizona and it’s seasonal.
Emphasizing locally grown food is necessary to maintain a healthy community, Matlin said.
“If we don’t have people buying locally grown produce, we won’t have local growers, and that is absolutely essential to the survival and health of our community.”
She said most of the growers featured at the Phoenix Public Market come in from less than 10 miles away. This hyper locality gives the market’s surrounding communities a more reliable source of food.
“Not only is it providing jobs and all of the economic benefits, but also vitality,” Matlin said. “We can’t always rely on stuff that is being shipped in.”
As an added bonus, she said that shopping locally gives customers “all the fun things you can’t necessarily get just shopping at the store.”
Double Up Food Bucks AZ provides SNAP customers the opportunity to foster a relationship with their community, farmers, and their food. Head to your local market to Double Up on fresh food, connect with local growers, and help build a stronger Arizona. To find a participating market near you, check out our interactive map of Double Up Food Bucks farmers markets.
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