We're expanding to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to Maryvale communities! 

We're excited to announce a new pilot farmers market program in El Oso Park! The market is bringing more fresh produce to families and individuals in Maryvale, starting with a grand opening this Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

We invite everyone to join us for the launch of this new Maryvale market. The market will feature local growers, vendors, kids activities and a raffle to help activate the park every Saturday in May and June, resuming in October and November. The market will accept Double Up Food Bucks to make it even easier for Maryvale residents to bring home fresh, nutritious produce. A huge thanks to Mercy Care Plan and all of our partners who have helped make this possible. 

Click here for more details about the event, and keep an eye out for news about the market each week on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

New Fresh Express stops bring Double Up Food Bucks to Maryvale  

With the addition of 25 stops per mont h in multipl Maryvale neighborhoods, the  Fresh Express mobile market is  increasing access to  fresh fruits and vegetables for individuals and families in the community.  We joined the team to celebrate this exciting launch on W ednesday, April 19.

We're thrilled to have Fresh Express as a Double Up Food Bucks partner. To learn more and find stops near you, visit the  Fresh Express website  or  Facebook page . Check out  our Facebook live video stream  of the launch, and special thanks to Councilman Daniel Valenzuela for helping us kick off this expansion!

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  • Get social: Stay connected on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Keep an eye out for daily stories, photos, recipes and shout-outs to markets and growers!
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  • Regional Flyers: Just a reminder that we've revised our general flyer to make the "How It Works" process more clear. Now that we have more participating sites than can fit on one flyer, we'll be separating it by the three main Double Up regions:
    • Maricopa and Pima County
    • Pinal County
    • Mountain Region (Yavapai County, Payson and Flagstaff area markets)

Order your promotional materials today!

Double Up Food Bucks partners implementing the program at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs can order signs, recipes, flyers and other promotional materials using this form. These forms have been updated with our new regional options. 

Thanks for joining us at our first annual Double Up Food Bucks Arizona Partners Meeting!

In April,  Double Up Food Bucks Arizona held our very first meeting with all of our amazing partner growers and markets. Those in attendance included representatives, growers, and managers from almost all of our current sites, plus three prospective sites. 

We were glad to hear input from all of our partners to help improve the Double Up program and experience across the state. Furthermore, it was the perfect opportunity to begin fostering connections between partners, growers, and markets statewide.

In particular, we all discussed our vision moving forward: expansion aimed at covering more areas in the state to increase access in rural and urban underserved areas, pursuing state funding, and pursuing other sustainable funding sources including health plans, community organizations. 

We were also thrilled to announce the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona match increase! SNAP customers can now receive up to $20 back to spend on Arizona-grown produce when they shop at participating markets! Thank you again to all of our partners who work tireless to insure all Arizonans have access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. 

Click here to access the DFBA Partner toolkit for images, social media posts and more. Use these resources to promote your market and let everyone know you accept Double Up Food Bucks! We are always adding more resources to the folder, so keep an eye out for updates. 
Highlights from the national Fair Food Network's Double Up Food Bucks meeting

In February, we joined representatives from across the country at the Fair Food Network's national Double Up Food Bucks meeting. The meeting was an incredible opportunity for us and other DFBA implementers to share our experiences, successes, and challenges. 

We heard updates from Fair Food Network's D.C. lobbyist, Kate Fitzgerald, and discussed the next Farm Bill that is currently being drafted. The bill must be completed and voted on by Fall 2018. An Arizona representative, Tom O'Halleran,  serves on the House Agriculture Committee and is writing the bill. The Fair Food Network and our DFBA colleagues are optimistic about FINI continuing in the next Farm Bill. We also had the opportunity to discuss technology pilots across Double Up Food Bucks programs. Each pilot looks a little different, and there is interest in streamlining this through how FINI is written into the next Farm Bill. 

Our team, by chance, sat with representatives from our neighboring Four Corners states and made great connections with New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada contacts. Our Nevada contact was just awarded this Spring to implement DFBA. Due to lack of farming in the state, she needs needs to do a regional version of DFBA implementation. This could be a great opportunity to uplift many of our Arizona growers, especially those in the Kingman area. 

New Mexico has a $2 million Double Up program across farmers markets and grocery stores. Their similarity to Arizona is allowing us to learn a great deal from their successes and lessons learned. We're looking forward to a bright future for Double Up Arizona! 
Applications open for new sites!

Are you ready to bring Double Up Food Bucks to your market, farm stand or CSA? Experience the win-win-win benefits for growers, families and your community and apply today! Click here or follow the link below to fill out the site application, and email completed applications to Kate O'Neill (kateoneill@pinnacleprevention.org) and Kathleen Carlson (kathleencarlson@pinnacleprevention.org). Applications are open until the end of July.

Thanks for your participation and input at our site visits

Thanks to all who participated in our site surveys and visits over the past few months. Your input is well received and appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to tell us how we can improve, grow, and help your market's efforts succeed.

We will share results soon! 
In case you missed it...

Check out the awesome coverage on Double Up Food Bucks Arizona from 12 News!

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