Double Up Oklahoma

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About Double Up Oklahoma

Double Up Oklahoma is a program of Hunger Free Oklahoma, whose mission is to leverage the power of collaboration to solve hunger in Oklahoma by improving systems, policies, and practices. The Double Up program provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries with a one-­to­-one match to purchase healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets and Grocery Stores in Oklahoma.

Apply to be a Location

Hunger Free Oklahoma is now inviting Oklahoma Farmers Markets to begin participating in the 2020 season of the Double Up program.

For the purpose of this application, Hunger Free Oklahoma defines a Farmers Market as a site where locally-grown fruits and vegetables are directly marketed to customers and where site administrators reimburse individual vendors for food sales.

Qualification Criteria

To participate in this year’s Double Up Oklahoma Pilot, Market must show that they meet the following criteria:

  • Source majority of produce from within Oklahoma on an annual basis
  • Have accepted SNAP benefits for at least 1 market season prior to applying
  • Have a SNAP permit number (also known as an FNS number)
  • Have an operating point-of-sale device that accepts EBT/SNAP
  • Be able to provide their own SNAP tokens
  • Demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity to handle the accounting and reporting requirements associated with SNAP and Double Up sales
  • Have written support to participate in the program from an authorized signer of your governing and/or fiscal organization
  • Designate a market manager, staff person, or volunteer(s) responsible for Double Up Oklahoma implementation

Priority Criteria

Markets that demonstrate capacity in the following areas will be given priority:

  • Farmers Markets with demonstrated commitment to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income consumers
  • Farmers Markets with a compelling/innovative proposal to reach and serve more low-income consumers
  • Farmers Markets with demonstrated experience accepting SNAP benefits
  • Farmers Markets with selling seasons that continue beyond April – October and/or more than 1 time per week

Important Information Before You Apply

  • You cannot save your work and exit the application! The only way to save your work is to submit a completed application. Please download the application guide and draft your responses before entering the application.
  • The following documents are required in order for an application to be complete. You can attach them in the application or email them to Samuel.Kirzner@hungerfreeok.org.
    • A letter of support from an authorized signer for your fiscal organization (Download template here).
    • A complete W-9 (Download form here)
    • Letter of 501(c)3 status – for nonprofit organizations only
  • Additional information requested in the application includes:
  • In order to participate in Double Up Oklahoma, Markets selected to participate must attend an in-person training. For more information about the training please see the “About Training Requirements and Dates” section at the bottom of this page.

Contact

If you have any questions about the application process or experience any issues with the application please contact Samuel Kirzner by phone or email.

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About Fiscal Organizations

Organizations responsible for market operations can have a different fiduciary organization for the purposes of Double Up administration. If your Market has multiple organizations responsible for Market management and/or SNAP authorization or financial transactions, please read the examples below to make sure you are providing the information needed by Hunger Free Oklahoma in order to provide funds:

Example 1: The City of ABC runs the ABC Farmers Market. The City of ABC is responsible for both day-to-day Market management including running SNAP at the Market, and all financial management including vendor reimbursement for SNAP sales. In this case, the City of ABC would be both the Operating Organization and the Fiduciary Organization for DUO.

Example 2: A vendor association runs the JKL Farmers Market. The local Downtown Development Authority is authorized to accept SNAP and reimburses vendors for SNAP sales. A volunteer Market Master runs the SNAP machine at the Market. For the purposes of DUO, the vendor association is the Operating Organization, and the local DDA is the Fiduciary Organization.

Example 3: A vendor board runs the XYZ Farmers Market and is responsible for day-to-day operations and overall management of the Market. A local nonprofit is authorized to accept SNAP, runs the SNAP machine at the Market and reimburses vendors. For the purposes of DUO, the local nonprofit is the Operating Organization and the Fiduciary Organization. In this case, the local nonprofit should apply to participate in Double Up and provide written support from the Market’s vendor board.

About FNS Numbers

Your FNS Number is a seven-digit number (usually starting with 0) which your market was assigned by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) when you became authorized to accept SNAP benefits. Hunger Free Oklahoma requires your FNS number in order to comply with federal grant guidelines and confirm your Market’s ability to recieve SNAP EBT payments.

About Your Employer Identification Number

The Employer Identification Number, also known as the Federal Employer Identification Number or the Federal Tax Identification Number, is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service to business entities operating in the United States for the purposes of identification. Hunger Free Oklahoma requires the EIN of the Fiscal Organization in order to process payments to new vendors.

About Training Requirements and Dates

In order to receive Double Up Oklahoma funding, Markets are required to attend an in-person training in Tulsa or Oklahoma City. Hunger Free Oklahoma recommends that Markets send two people if possible, including the person who will be designated as the “Double Up Manager.” Other people who might benefit from attending a training are the Farmers Market Manager, a backup or volunteer Double Up Manager, or other Market staff who interact with SNAP or bookkeeping functions. In the application, you will have the opportunity to identify which dates/locations work best for you or request an additional training date. The current training dates are:

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sunday, April 5, 2020 -Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hunger Free Oklahoma can provide stipends for volunteers and Markets without budgets in order to cover mileage and hotel costs for necessary overnight stays.

About Local Sourcing

In order to encourage local sourcing and support local farmers, Double Up Oklahoma requires that 51% or more of produce sourced (or brought into by vendors) at participating markets must be grown within Oklahoma. SNAP participants may purchase any locally grown produce. For this program local is defined as produce grown within Oklahoma or a neighboring state.

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