Senator Sue Serino will visit the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market to support the Field & Fork Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is pleased to welcome Senator Sue Serino to its Poughkeepsie waterfront market at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022, to support the market’s second year of participation in the Double Up Food program Bucks (DUFB). DUFB is a program through Field & Fork Network that doubles the amount of money SNAP EBT card users can use to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. For every SNAP dollar spent at the market (up to $20), customers receive an additional dollar. DUFB at Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market begins July 11 and ends October 24.

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum launched the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in 2017 in response to a community need for better access to fresh, healthy food. In doing so, the Museum became the first children’s museum in the nation to open a farmers’ market as a strategy to reduce food insecurity among its families and in the town of Poughkeepsie. The market has since expanded its operations to ensure greater availability of farm-fresh food for residents and guests while showcasing the agricultural wealth of local Hudson Valley farms. Field & Fork Network has been a key partner in further increasing access to fresh produce while providing local farmers and growers with the opportunity to sell more produce.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market first used DUFB in 2021, and it has been well received. Marketplace vendors such as Maynard Farms, Dutchess Outreach, and J&J Farms offer DUFB-eligible produce. “SNAP EBT customers are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Double Up Food Bucks program. It’s such an amazing program. I see firsthand the gratitude and relief people feel when they are given extra dollars to shop with no strings attached,” says market manager Josephine DaCosta.

“The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program not only helps connect area families with fresh and healthy food options, it also gives local producers a boost, making this a major win for the community of the Hudson Valley. We thank the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum for being a great community partner and for working to ensure that the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market continues to be an invaluable resource for our neighbours,” said said Senator Sue Serino.

Christine Paris of Maynard Farms comments: “As a small local farm, we are always looking to connect with our community and participate in the incentive programs that are on offer. We are especially proud to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program. Double Up Food Bucks is a great program that helps increase your food budget to encourage healthier fruits and vegetables, while supporting local farmers and farmers markets!”

Families who are not on SNAP, but who received a P-EBT card, as part of a pandemic relief program for public school children for the 2020-2021 school year, can use their P-EBT cards and receive the benefits the Double Up Food Bucks program provides. For more information on the Double Up Food Bucks program, visit doubleupnys.com.

About Double Up Food Bucks NY

Double Up Food Bucks NY is a statewide nutrition incentive program, administered by Field & Fork Network, that provides SNAP participants with a dollar-for-dollar match to increase affordability and access to fresh and healthy food at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and grocery stores. In New York State, Double Up has contributed £4.8 million in healthy food sales to more than 32,000 customers at more than 180 locations in 28 counties. To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks and a full list of participating sites, please visit the program website and social media sites, or call 1-800-682-5016. www.doubleupnys.com | FacebookInstagram

About Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, now in its 6th year, is open to the public and offers farm fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, poultry, baked goods, beef, pork , etc. Applications for summer vendors are accepted. The market is a lively weekly celebration of the Hudson Valley and is located under a fully covered open-air pavilion on the Hudson River. The Market accepts both SNAP and WIC benefits. Eligible Marketplace customers must check in at the Marketplace Manager’s Table for information on SNAP and DUFB benefits. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market offers free on-site parking at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum during market hours. The market is held on Monday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie. Please note: There is NO market on Monday July 4th.

For market updates, events and follow the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market on Facebook (www.facebook.com/POKWaterfrontMarket) and Instagram (poughkeepsiewaterfrontmarket). For more information on becoming a vendor at Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, visit: www.mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market or email [email protected] Poughkeepsie Waterfront

The market is operated by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.

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