Healthy Bucks Returns to Charleston County to Help Stretch Produce Budgets

Joseph Fields inspects a row of collards on his 50-acre farm on Johns Island. Photo: Tolbert Smalls, Jr.

The incentive program that allows SC SNAP recipients to double their SNAP dollars to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets or from participating farmers returns this summer. Administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the Healthy Bucks Incentive Program features 30 vendors in 20 counties this year. One of its many goals is to provide accessibility and additional benefits to our clients in obtaining healthy, local and non-locally grown nutritious foods.

The program is available to all SC SNAP EBT clients. Clients can go to a participating farmer or farmers market and make an EBT purchase of at least $5. Upon making the purchase, the client will receive $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Clients are able to receive the $10 incentive (1) once per market day.

The locations in Charleston County are:

· Homegrown Johns Island Farmers Market (2024 Academy Road, Johns Island, SC 29455)

· Joseph Fields Farm (3129 D River Rd., Johns Island, SC 29455)

· Lowcountry Street Grocery, LLC (Multiple Locations, Charleston, SC, 843-597-3064)

· O Freeman Farm (Multiple Locations, Charleston and Johns Island, SC, 843-364-6200)

Notes:

· SNAP recipients who purchase at least $5 of goods with their SNAP EBT card, will receive $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens.

· SNAP recipients can receive additional fresh fruits and vegetables with their tokens.

· The program is for SNAP recipients only.

· The tokens can only be used to redeem fresh fruits and vegetables.

· The tokens can be redeemed the same day or at a later date, depending on the farmer and the farmers markets days and hours of operation, or seasonal months.

To check locations around the state, visit https://dss.sc.gov/assistance-programs/food-and-nutrition-programs/healthy-bucks/.

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