SNAP benefits are doubled through GOFM's Fresh Bucks Program; SNAP recipients receive additional free money for buying fresh, local produce when they use their benefits at GOFM markets. When customers use their EBT at market, GOFM matches them up to $15 in Fresh Bucks that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables from farmers at market.
GOFM's Fresh Bucks was initiated in February 2015 and is the only program of its kind in Galveston County. We were inspired to create this initiative upon learning about similar programs in Austin and elsewhere. To learn more about the history of this innovative idea, read this article.
In late 2017, GOFM initiated the Real Food Project, a multifaceted set of programs that all support increased food access, nutrition and community building in Galveston. The RFP includes Community Cooking Classes offered free or at low-cost to the public, partnered dinners provided to the Family Service Center's "Incredible Years" parenting classes and our new Young Gardeners pilot program at Coastal Village Elementary.