The Kentucky Double Dollars (KDD) program is a partnership between Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and Bluegrass Farm to Table (BGFtT) and is intended to:
a) Increase access to local food, especially fresh and healthy, to low income populations,
b) Increase sales and income to Kentucky farmers, and
c) Leverage federal food and nutrition program funds, specifically the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP), the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP. Multiple partners including federal, state, and private funding support the Kentucky Double Dollars program.
Kentucky Double Dollars directly supports Kentucky farmers by incentivizing Kentucky-grown produce and direct farm impact Kentucky meat, eggs, and dairy.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people to buy food for healthy meals at participating stores. SNAP benefits increase a household’s food buying power when added to the household’s money. Any household (any person, family or group of people who live and buy and eat food together) meeting basic income and other requirements may be able to receive SNAP benefits.
Since 1992, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) has helped promote local farmers markets and bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables into the homes of WIC participants. In Kentucky, eligible WIC recipients receive food instruments (FIs) worth $20 each summer to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or fresh-cut herbs. Local WIC agencies issue FMNP FIs and provide nutrition education emphasizing the importance of including fruits and vegetables in the diet daily.
The Kentucky Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from Kentucky farmers’ markets to the dinner tables of low-income seniors (60+ with income less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level) who are nutritionally at-risk. Eligible seniors are provided with $28 in checks to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at state-approved farmers’ markets.
As we enter the 2018 program year Kentucky Double Dollars will launch at 34 farmers markets, 3 Fresh Stops, and 2 Brick-and-Mortar stores across Kentucky.
Kentucky Double Dollars is a partnership between CFA & Bluegrass Farm to Table. The program is financially supported by USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy/Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, BB&T, and WellCare.