Do you currently receive SNAP benefits and would like to join a CSA? Here is a little more information on how to do that:
Thanks to the Portland Area CSA Coalition we can now process SNAP benefits for CSA shares. There is a great matching funds program right now that can be used for CSA memberships called Double Up Food Bucks. If you purchase a full share from us using your SNAP benefits, the DUFB program will pay up to $200 of the share price for the 22 month season. If you purchase a half share using SNAP, DUFB will pay up to $100 of the share price.
In order to qualify for DUFB you must meet the following criteria:
- You or any other family members were not CSA members in 2016.
- You receive regular SNAP benefits that can be used for food items only.
- You pick up your CSA share in the Portland Metro area.
DUFB will match SNAP for up to $200 of the share price. (You don’t have to use SNAP for the full price if you’d prefer not to, but if you use less than $200, DUFB will only match the amount you use. The balance you would pay in cash).
Here’s how it would work: If you used SNAP to buy a full share from us, payments would look like this:
Full share cost: $620
DUFB match: -$200
SNAP cost: $420. The payments for this would be as follows: In May, a $50 ‘sign up fee’ is deducted, then the remainder is split evenly among the months of June, July, August, September and October. For our shares that monthly payment would be $74. (74 x 5months + 50 sign up =420). This payment would be deducted from your SNAP account at the beginning of each pay period.
A half share would look like this:
$310 half share-$100DUFB =$210 SNAP. Your May payment would be $50, so $210-$50 = $160. $160/5months- Your monthly SNAP payments for June-October would be $32.
DUFB is limited-so sign up early! Those funds tend to go quickly.
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