Double Up Food Bucks
More "Fresh" on the Dollar!
From apples to zucchini, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants can earn additional dollars for purchasing any fresh produce from April 2 to Dec. 31 through the Double Up Food Bucks program.
With 35 Family Fare locations throughout Western, Southern and Northern Michigan as well as 6 VG's locations in Eastern Michigan taking part in Double Up Food Bucks, it’s easier than ever for SNAP store guests to take advantage of the program and double their buying power when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables. See the location list below for participating Family Fare and VG's locations throughout Michigan.
For each dollar of fresh produce SNAP customers purchase using their EBT Bridge Card and yes account, an equivalent amount of points will be earned and placed on their yes account. Points will be loaded on the yes account the next day, so if you purchase produce on Tuesday for example, the points will not show up until Wednesday. Shoppers can then redeem the points for free fruits and vegetables at participating Family Fare and VG's locations. Each point is valued at $1, with a maximum dollar-for-dollar match of $20 per day on their yes account.
- to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a participating grocery store.
- Buy any fresh produce and get FREE matching Double Up dollars, up to $20 per day.
- on any fresh fruits or vegetables at any participating Family Fare or VG's location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Double Up program only available to SNAP customers? Public support of healthy food incentives limits its usage to low-income individuals who receive federal nutrition assistance, or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).
I’m a SNAP customer. Can I participate in the program if I do not have a yes account? No. A SNAP customer must have a yes account to participate in the program at Family Fare or VG's, because points earned and redeemed are done so on the yes account.
Do I need to pay for groceries with an EBT Bridge Card to EARN points? Yes. A SNAP customer must use her EBT Bridge Card to EARN points.
Can I use my WIC or summer EBT Bridge Card for Double Up Food Bucks? No. A customer must pay for fresh produce with his EBT Bridge Card to earn Double Up Food Bucks points.
Do I need to pay for groceries with an EBT Bridge Card to REDEEM points? No. Once points are earned on the yes account, a customer can use any form of payment – including cash, check or credit card – to REDEEM those points.
Can I earn or redeem points on canned or frozen produce? No. The DUFB program only applies to fresh produce.
Do I have to buy Michigan produce to earn points? No. SNAP shoppers now earn DUFB points with the purchase of ANY fresh produce. The program changed this year to continue to encourage healthy eating habits, and SNAP shoppers are no longer required to purchase Michigan-grown produce to earn DUFB points.
What happens to any remaining points I have on my yes Card on January 1, 2018? The DUFB program ends on December 31, 2017. Any points remaining on a customers’ yes account after December 31, 2017 will be forfeited.
I purchased $4.98 in produce on my EBT Bridge Card today, but there are no DUFB points showing at the bottom of the receipt in the club section. Why? Double Up Food Bucks club points earned will not show up on your receipt until the next day.
How can I check how many DUFB club points I have to redeem? A customer’s total DUFB club points will be printed on each receipt at the bottom in the club section. However, the points the customer earned in a transaction today will not show up in the club section until tomorrow. Customers can also check DUFB points on the in-store kiosks and the yes account web site.
Can I earn points at one Family Fare or VG's and redeem them at a different store? Yes, a customer can redeem points on his yes account at any one of the 17 participating Family Fare or VG's stores.
Can I redeem the points at any other location participating in the DUFB program? No, a customer cannot earn points at a Family Fare or VG's and redeem them at a non-Family Fare/VG's participating location. DUFB points are earned on the yes account, which cannot be used anywhere other than at Family Fare.