Double Up Food Bucks is an innovative food incentive program designed to help low-income families access fresh fruits and veggies for free while supporting local farmers and economics.
The Colorado Nutrition Incentive Program began in 2019 and increases access to and consumption of Colorado grown fresh produce by women, children, and older adults experiencing economic insecurity. The program is a collaboration between Nourish Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), local public health agencies, and Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state.
Increase access to and consumption of Colorado-grown produce among food insecure Coloradans with a focus on women, children and older adults.
Support local farmers and growers by opening up new and untapped local markets and buyers.
91% of WIC participants reported an increase in food security while 94% reported a moderate or high increase in produce consumption in the household.
83% of older adult participants reported an increase in food security while 66% reported a moderate to a significant increase in daily produce consumption.
29 small and mid-size growers participated in the program. They reported higher financial stability at the start of the season which allowed them to purchase inputs like seeds, equipment, and other supplies at the time of planting. Only 20% had previously participated in WIC, and 100% of year one growers returned for the 2nd year.
"Our household has been the happy recipients of your stellar farming over the last 20 weeks through the Nederland Seniors program. We have certainly eaten more and better local produce than ever before in our short (70 plus) years and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this opportunity. This program and other Nederland food for seniors program are keeping us able to continue living the life we love in our own house much more optimistically."
Contact us If you are a WIC or Older Adult meal program participant, a grower or food hub, or regional agency staff and would like to learn more about how to participate in and support this program.