Farmers Market Fund
Our work comes from the core belief that no person should be denied access to the foods they need to eat well. Farmers Market Fund makes healthy, locally grown food accessible to under-served Oregonians by doubling SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) at more than 88 Oregon farmers markets, through our Double Up Food Bucks program. Double Up provides a dollar for dollar match on SNAP purchases, up to $20 per day, helping families bring home more fresh produce while keeping dollars in the pockets of small, local farmers and helping local economies thrive.
Bottom Line for Portland
Donating to Farmers Market Fund is a triple win that supports families, farmers, and Oregon's local economies.
In 2023, we are prepared to distribute more than $875,000 in Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) incentives directly to 98,000 SNAP shoppers at 30 farmers markets in the Metro area.
In response to dramatic inflation and ongoing pandemic-related challenges, in 2022 we increased the amount of match shoppers can receive from $10 to $20, essentially doubling the impact of Double Up Food Bucks! This year, emergency allotments to SNAP ended, leaving families with tighter food budgets than in the last few years. This makes Double Up more important than ever to support!
Last year, shoppers told us that as a result of the Double Up match:
*95% reported purchasing more fresh produce,
*87% reported the amount of food in their house increased, and
- *86% felt an improvement in their overall health.
“Double Up Food Bucks makes me feel like my community is looking out for me, and allows me to eat healthier, fresher foods while getting to know my local farmers."
- Farmers Market shopper
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We recognize that an equitable food system cannot exist within an inequitable society: as a direct result of structural racism and white supremacy, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color living in Oregon perpetually experience the highest levels of hunger. Farmers Market Fund commits to centering anti-racism, racial equity, and inclusion in our programs, operations, culture, and advocacy. We strive to create and support an equitable and just food system that nourishes all Oregonians. Here's more info about how we're engaging with DEIJ work.
Three lucky winners will also receive a produce Discovery Box from Rubinette Produce. To enter: donate $50+ or follow the instructions on our social media post from 12/1! (Discovery Boxes must be picked up in person at Rubinette Produce Market in Portland).
Donate $10 or more to Farmers Market Fund and to our sister organization Portland Farmers Market (here) in December, and receive a vinyl Portland Farmers Market sticker and an enamel rainbow carrot pin (while supplies last).
New Seasons Market is a longtime supporter of Farmers Market Fund, and an amazing supporter of food justice work in our region!
Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and create vibrant community gathering. Since 2009, they've supported SNAP matching programs at their markets, and they also helped found Farmers Market Fund in 2012!
Rubinette Produce Market is named for a small, unassuming yet surprisingly delicious Oregon-bred apple - which is everything they try to be. Located inside Providore Fine Foods, Rubinette Produce Market works with small farms across the Northwest, showcasing new, unusual and delicious greens, fruits and vegetables
Miller Nash is a nationally recognized, industry-focused law firm with offices in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska. They are administratively organized by industry departments to ensure that all of their professionals develop deep understanding of the business issues and opportunities faced by their clients.
Beneficial State Bank is banking with a purpose. They envision an economy that dismantles discrimination, helps break the chains of generational poverty, and ends extractive environmental practices.
Metro works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metro area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. They serve more than 1.7 million people in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.
Mes Amies is a locally owned boutique shop in Historic Downtown McMinnville that features an extensive range of independently designed women's clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, locally sourced gifts and hand-picked books. Shop owner Tayler is a former farmers market manager and on FMF's board!
Freeland Spirits is a Portland based distillery focused on celebrating the women of craft. Their approach is inspired by founder, Jill Kuehler's Meemaw who believed all good things come from scratch and that women can do and be any thing they want. Their spirits are crafted from Oregon produced grains and local botanical ingredients.
Year Founded: 2012
Tax ID: 453804465
Farmers Market Fund is in the Hunger category which is sponsored by New Seasons Market.
They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co. and Washington Co.