Thanks to a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, the Double Your Dollars program is returning to the University of Utah Farmers Market for a third year.
The Double Your Dollars program provides a $1-to-$1 dollar match for students and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase produce/food items at the farmers market. Participants purchase tokens from the Market Manager’s Booth and can spend those tokens on grocery-like food items, including (but not limited to) fruits, vegetables, honey, salsa, and baked goods. The program helps student purchase healthy, local food and alleviates access issues to food during the market’s seven-week run. More than 400 students took advantage of the program last year.
The R. Harold Burton Foundation is contributing $2,500 to the program, all of which will be used to increase students’ and SNAP recipients’ buying power. The Foundation supports education, science, literary, and health projects in the Salt Lake Metropolitan area.
“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the R. Harold Burton Foundation on this important program,” says Amy Wildermuth, chief sustainability officer for the University. “Double Your Dollars benefits local food vendors who attend the market, improves the health of students, and provides increased food access for all students, including those with lower incomes who may be ineligible for SNAP because of their student status.”
The University of Utah Farmers Market begins on Thursday, August 25 and occurs weekly until October 6. Double Your Dollars previously received funding from the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund to pilot the program in 2014 and 2015.
Ayrel Clark-Proffitt is the campus engagement coordinator for the University of Utah Sustainability Office.