Posts in SNAP
FRUIT AND VEGGIE SUBSTITUTES FOR ANY CRAVING

With  all of the wonderful varieties of fresh, colorful produce out there, swapping your usual meal ingredients for fruit or veggie substitutes can be a breeze! Switch up your menu by adding a delicious and nutritious twist to favorite meals, whether you’re craving pasta or planning a fiesta night. Double Up on these items at your favorite Double Up Arizona markets, and swap your way to new and creative mealtimes. 

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DOUBLE UP TIPS: STRETCHING YOUR MONTHLY FOOD BUDGET

Stretching your food budget from month to month can be a challenge. Double Up Food Bucks is here to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to make your SNAP/EBT last longer, and how get more out of the money you’re spending. Time, budget and more can affect how long monthly SNAP/EBT benefits can last. On average, people get about $125 dollars per month in SNAP/EBT, and sometimes this amount can be as little as $15 dollars or less. With such a wide range of budgets, these tips can be adjusted accordingly. Take a look and see what works best for you!

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SNAP RESOURCES DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The government shutdown is affecting thousands of households across Arizona. Families and individuals who rely on SNAP/EBT are questioning how they will receive their benefits, and how long they can make them last. Double Up wants to make sure you have access to all possible resources and information in case the shutdown prolongs.

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YOUR GUIDE TO SNAP AND THE DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS ARIZONA PROGRAM

Many Americans experience obstacles that make it difficult to afford and sustain a nutritious diet, and SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) is a resource to help people in these challenging positions do exactly that. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is available all across the United States, and it helps increase access to healthy food for families and individuals throughout Arizona. SNAP recipients can bring home even more healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce with the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program. If you are in need of nutrition assistance, here are a few tips to help get started:

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CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS ARIZONA

Mother’s Day is a time to show the moms and other important women in your life just how much you care. This year, we encourage you to celebrate this special day with great food, meaningful connections, and plenty of quality time. If you’re looking for ideas or ways to spend the weekend, Double Up Food Bucks has you covered! Follow this Mother’s Day roadmap for a day full of fresh food, new experiences and lasting memories:

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS STORIES: UPTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The Uptown Farmers Market is bustling with local growers, volunteers, and customers each Wednesday and Saturday morning — and it’s also buzzing with Double Up Food Bucks customers and stories! We stopped by the Wednesday market to hear some of these stories, and, of course, double up on some of the fresh, local produce the farmers had to offer.

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FARMERS MARKET UNCOVERED: WHAT IS THAT???

Trying new vegetables you’ve never heard of can be scary! Farmers markets are full of strange, exciting, and sometimes funky produce. Don’t let a vegetable’s weird name or funny shape stop you from buying it. It probably tastes delicious, plus, trying new things is a great way to explore everything Arizona farms have to offer. Here’s a list of some of the unusual produce you might encounter at your local market. Don’t miss out on these tasty veggies, and if you’re a SNAP customer, double up on your daring new food adventure

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MEATLESS FAMILY RECIPES

No meat? No problem! You don’t need meat to make great food. However, having a meatless meal can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin. Here are a few breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ideas to get you started. The best thing about these recipes is that they have tons of fresh produce ingredients. If you’re a SNAP customer, use your Double Up Food Bucks to buy fruits and veggies to make all of these recipes!

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FOOD, FUN, FAMILY: MAKING FARMERS MARKET TRIPS IMPACTFUL FOR KIDS

Getting children interested in grocery shopping can be a difficult task, but involving them in the process can be engaging and will help teach them more about the food they eat, and also where that food came from. Next time you head to the farmers market, bring your kids along and follow these tips to make the outing fun, educational, and impactful.

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS STORIES: PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET

The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is one of the many spots where SNAP customers can use Double Up Food Bucks! On Saturdays, you can head to this market to Double Up on fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s what members of the community had to say about the Double Up program, and how buying local food is beneficial for everyone.

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SUNDAY SUPPER MONTH: FAMILIES CONNECT ONE MEAL AT A TIME

It’s supper time! January is National Sunday Supper Month. Family dinners used to be considered a nightly tradition, but in 2018, that may not always be realistic. The Sunday Supper initiative was started to get families together at least one day a week to share a meal.

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS ARIZONA: YEAR IN REVIEW

Double Up Food Bucks Arizona had a fantastic year, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store! In 2017, we expanded to more markets, brought more families and individuals healthy and local produce, and highlighted some of the hard-working farmers, farmers markets, market managers and communities that make this program possible. Here is a breakdown of our best year yet:

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HOW TO (ACTUALLY) ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR GOAL TO EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES

For many, the New Year is a time to make resolutions to live healthier, including eating more fruits and veggies every day. Our Double Up Food Bucks “how to” guide is here to help you tackle your goals every step of the way! 

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HEALTHY TAKES ON HOLIDAY MEALTIME FAVORITES

The holidays are often a time when families gather and share a meal. While comfort foods are common during these family gatherings, it is still important to make healthy choices and eat mindfully.

Many favorite holiday dishes can be given a healthy twist. You can substitute canned fruits and vegetables for fresh produce, and many yummy foods can be baked instead of fried. Get your family in the kitchen and whip up some of these healthy takes on holiday favorites. SNAP customers can double up on any of the fruits and veggies in these recipes for twice the holiday cheer!

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