By Laura Coffee, Marketing & Owner Services Manager, Co-op Owner
On August 1st GreenTree Cooperative Grocery became one of only 56 Michigan retailers authorized to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.
This exciting program is designed to help improve Michigan families’ access to healthy foods, to provide income for local farmers, and to keep more food dollars in the local economy, strengthening our community.
When a shopper purchases fresh Michigan-grown produce at GreenTree with an EBT or ‘Bridge” card, they receive a coupon for the same amount, up to $20 per day. As soon as the next day, they can come in with the coupon and redeem it on any fresh produce in the store, local or otherwise. This means the shopper gets double the produce for their money! Because the coupons are created when local produce is purchased, the program also generates additional income for Michigan farmers.
We’re very excited to be a part of this program, especially since so few Michigan retailers were invited to participate. It helps us expand access to fresh healthy food and support Michigan farmers at the same time – that’s a pretty amazing opportunity!
The offer runs from August 1st through December 31st of 2016. This program is also available at many Michigan Farmer’s Markets. You can find a complete list of participating Double Up Food bucks locations here.