In an endeavor to bolster access to fresh, locally grown produce for individuals reliant on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Hawaii Governor Josh Green has allocated $500,000 for the DA BUX Double-Up Program. This innovative initiative, launched in 2017 and managed by the Hawai’i Food Basket in collaboration with the Hawai’i Good Food Alliance, has been making substantial strides in promoting both food security and the state’s economic well-being.
The DA BUX Double-Up Program has been a game-changer for those grappling with food insecurity in Hawaii. This program effectively doubles the purchasing power of food stamps beneficiaries when it comes to locally sourced, nutritious food. By matching every dollar spent in the program with an additional $1, the DA BUX program ensures that individuals and families have access to healthier food choices and stimulates the local economy.
Empowering SNAP Beneficiaries to Buy The Double Fresh Food
The economic benefits of the DA BUX program are far-reaching. According to the estimations by the Food Basket, every dollar invested in the program contributes $2.10 to the local economy. This means that not only are individuals gaining greater access to fresh produce, but Hawai’i’s economy is also receiving a significant boost through this initiative.
Governor Josh Green expressed his support for the program, emphasizing the critical role it plays in enhancing the well-being of SNAP beneficiaries. He stated, “High food costs hit individuals and families who are food-insecure much harder, and this program provides support for healthier food choices for better long-term health and wellness.”
Supporting Long-term Health and Wellness for SNAP Recipients
Currently, over 50 food retailers across the state actively participate in the DA BUX program. This extensive network includes grocery stores, farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture programs, and other farm-direct retailers. The program’s accessibility ensures that SNAP beneficiaries can conveniently access fresh, locally grown produce.
To learn more about the DA BUX program, go to: https://dabux.org/
How to Apply for SNAP Benefits in Hawaii
Families must satisfy particular eligibility criteria and furnish evidence supporting their claims regarding their household situation. Eligibility may extend to U.S. citizens and certain lawful permanent residents. The federal poverty thresholds are defined by the Office of Management and Budget and are revised annually by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Hawaii Electronic Benefit Transfer (HI/EBT) system administers financial aid benefits provided by BESSD. These payments cover a range of assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF), General Assistance (GA), Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD), Repatriates, Childcare, Employment, and Training (E & T), First-To-Work (FTW), and the SNAP program.
Beneficiaries utilize an EBT debit card to access their cash and SNAP benefits at approved food retailers, making transactions at Point of Sale (POS) machines and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). You can find Allpoint – Global Surcharge-Free ATM Networks conveniently located throughout the state. For the nearest system location, please visit this website.