The Food Project has been a leader in creating innovative programs that provide affordable access to healthy food across Greater Boston. In 2008, The Food Project partnered with the City of Boston to pilot the Boston Bounty Bucks program to enable all residents of Boston to have access to the produce available at city farmers’ markets and to strengthen the economy of local farmers. Boston Bounty Bucks provides farmers’ markets with EBT terminals and promotes the use of SNAP benefits by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching incentive for all SNAP purchases up to $10.
Boston Bounty Bucks started as a pilot program at a few markets. Since then, the program has expanded to 20 of Boston's 26 farmers' markets. During the 2011 season, $120,000 of combined SNAP benefits and Boston Bounty Bucks incentives were spent at farmers’ markets in Boston.
At the end of 2011, The Food Project transferred management of Boston Bounty Bucks to the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.
Lynn Bounty Bucks
The Boston Bounty Bucks program was modeled after the EBT incentive program that we started in Lynn in 2006. The Lynn program is still running, with the support of Wholesome Wave and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading.
Research about Boston Bounty Bucks
See our research page for an extensive report on the 2009 BBB program.