2016 Double Dollars Program Starts July 3rd

We are happy to announce that this year’s Double Dollars program will begin on Sunday, July 3rd! It is also with tremendous excitement to announce that the Dane County Farmers’ Market and the South Madison Farmers’ Market is on board with the program this year.This is going to be the best year for Double Dollars yet! The Madison Area Farmers’ Market Double Dollars program provides a bonus incentive to SNAP users at farmers’ markets by providing up to a $25 match per market day when a customer uses their SNAP benefits at participating markets.FoodShare-EBT%20sign

PLEASE NOTE that Double Dollars will not be available at the Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square until July 16th.  Double Dollars will be available at all other participating markets beginning the week of July 3rd. This year Double Dollars will continue into December or until the funding runs out. Whichever comes first!

Please share this information widely within your organization or with anyone that might be interested in using or helping to promote or support the program. PDF of flyer in English HERE. PDF of flyer in Spanish HERE. Community Action Coalition will have hard copy fliers (8.5×11 and smaller handouts) available within the next two weeks.

If you would like to have hard copy materials to distribute, or have any questions, comments or feedback, please contact:
Nahrissa Rush
Food Security Specialist (Farmers’ Markets)
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.

The participating markets for the 2016 program are:

Monona Farmers’ Market
Ahuska Park, Monona
Sundays 9am-1pm

Northside Farmers’ Market
N. Sherman Ave @ Northport Dr
Sundays 8:30am-12:30pm

Eastside Farmers’ Market
Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St
Tuesdays 4pm-7pm

El Mercadito de Centro
Centro Hispano, 810 W. Badger Road
Tuesdays 9am-1pm
June-early November

South Madison Farmers’ Market
Labor Temple, South Park Street – Tuesdays 2:00pm-6:00pm
Villager Mall, South Park Street – Fridays 2:00pm-6:00pm

Westside Community Market
Hill Farms DOT University @ Segoe
Saturdays 7am-1pm
April-Early November

Dane County Farmers’ Market
Capitol Square – Saturdays 6:30am-2:00pm
*Double Dollars will be available at the Saturday market beginning July 16th*
(EBT Available 7:00am-1:00pm)
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Wednesdays 8:30am-2:00pm
(EBT Available 10:30am-1:00pm)
Outdoor season April-early November
Indoors at Monona Terrace mid-November to mid-December
Senior Center January-April



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Food & the Wisconsin Idea Gathering

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You are invited to the next Food System Gathering on Thursday, June 9th from 3:30-4:30pm in the basement of the University Club followed by networking and Happy Hour from 4:30-5:30pm on the first floor.

Greg Lawless from UW-Extension will be hosting this month and his colleague Carrie Edgar from Dane County UW-Extension will moderate a discussion and informal panel about “Diversifying the Food and Agriculture Industry in Wisconsin”. Preview the list of panelists and RSVP to the event on Facebook.

The University Club is located at 803 State Street on Library Mall, with ample public parking in the nearby Lake Street ramp.

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FMPP and LFPP Grants Accepting Applications through May 12

This week, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced that the Farmers Market USDA LOGOPromotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) are now accepting proposals through May 12, 2016. Approximately $13 million is available for each of these programs, and the maximum grant awards have increased to $500,000.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant program period is also open and applicants may submit their proposals through their state agricultural departments.

Applications for FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov.  Applicants should start the Grants.gov registration process as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the deadline. 

AMS will host a webinar on March 24, 2016, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) for FMPP and LFPP applicants (registration link).  For more information about webinars, visit the AMS grants website: www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants.

In addition, AMS will host
www.Grants.gov webinars on March 22 (registration link) and March 29 (registration link), both at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), to explain how to submit grant applications via www.Grants.gov.

Additional grant writing workshops will be held through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project. Please visit
www.amsta.net to see if training is scheduled in your area.

More details are available:

Farmers Market Promotion Program

Local Food Promotion Program

Info on AMS training webinars



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