Produce Plus is a locally-funded farmers’ market incentive program to increase access to healthy and nutritious food options for eligible DC residents.
DC residents that participate in the following programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, (WIC), Commodity Supplemental Foods, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, (TANF), Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid are eligible to receive 2 (two) $5.00 checks once per day per market visit. The checks are issued per household and participants need only produce a valid District photo identification and proof of Program participation.
Eligible DC residents can receive $10 worth of Produce Plus checks when they visit a distributing DC farmers’ market, up to two times per week. This program is first-come first-serve, while supplies last. Produce Plus checks can be spent on fresh fruit, vegetables, and cut herbs at over 50 farmers markets across the city. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can help fuel your body with needed vitamins and nutrients, help you reduce your risk for some chronic illnesses (including type 2 diabetes), and help you manage your weight.
Produce Plus distribution starts on June 1st, and checks expire on September 30th.
Who qualifies for Produce Plus?
You are eligible for Produce Plus if you are a DC resident and receive one of the following benefits:
- SNAP (EBT/food stamps)
- Senior Grocery Plus (Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
- SSI Disability
- Medicare QMB
To learn how to start receiving any of these benefits, contact DC Hunger Solutions.
How does Produce Plus work?
1) Choose from one of the markets that distribute Produce Plus.
2) Find the Produce Plus volunteers at the farmers’ market’s information booth.
3) Show 1) a DC photo ID and 2) an EBT card, Medicaid card, WIC ID folder, senior vouchers, Medicare QMB card, or SSI card.
4) You will receive two $5 Produce Plus checks. Spend the checks on fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, or cut herbs at your favorite DC farmers’ market! Remember to spend your checks before they expire on September 30th.
5) Get more checks! You can get Produce Plus checks twice per week. We encourage you to shop every week for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at your farmers’ market.
Where do I get Produce Plus?
You can get Produce Plus checks at farmers markets across the city, and spend them at even more! Click here for a list of markets across the city.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information about the Produce Plus program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Produce Plus hotline at 202-888-4834.