Boston Bounty Bucks
Boston Bounty Bucks helps low income people access nutritious local food. This innovative program enables SNAP (formerly food stamp) beneficiaries to double the value of their benefits at Boston farmers markets, helping low income people afford healthy, local food.
The Boston Bounty Bucks program, which began in 2007, was one of the first farmers market incentive programs in the country; participation in the program has increased 74-fold since the pilot year. In 2014, approximately $200,000 in Bounty Bucks were processed through Boston farmers markets, bringing fresh food to customers and profits to local growers.
The Office is currently working to digitize the Boston Bounty Bucks program. Instead of participants using tokens, participants would electronically receive benefits on their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This system will make it faster and easier for participants, vendors and market managers to complete and record transactions, as well as enable the city to learn more about how the program could be improved. It will also reduce stigma associated with using tokens.
People who receive SNAP benefits can use Boston Bounty Bucks at participating Boston farmers markets. Farmers markets and vendors benefit from participating in this program by expanding their customer base. SNAP recipients can match up to $10 per day at participating farmers markets. In order to get Bounty Bucks, shoppers need only visit the market manager and swipe their EBT card for the amount that they would like to double.
Farmers markets operate in certain locations at certain times. Most farmers markets operate during the summer; there are a few winter farmers market locations, which accept Boston Bounty Bucks. 19 out of 27 Boston farmers markets participate in Boston Bounty Bucks.
We have a list of farmers markets that participate in Boston Bounty Bucks. If you are a farmers market manager interested in providing the Boston Bounty Bucks program at your market, please contact us.