FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
SNAP/Bridge Card, WIC Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh Accepted at City Market
City Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce to all the residents of Bay County and beyond. The Harvest Store as well as many of our small businesses are able to accept various Food Assistance Programs, including:
SNAP, also known as MI Bridges, Bridge Card, EBT, is a program administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The SNAP program assists people who lack enough income to pay for healthy and nutritious food. In Michigan and other states, the recipient is given a specified amount per month that can only be spent on certain authorized foods. SNAP benefits in Michigan are issued through a card similar to a debit card known as Bridge Card. The card is used just like any ordinary debit card.
The cost of the program is shared by both the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MIDHHS) determines applicant’s eligibility.
Double UP Food Bucks
Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your SNAP Bridge Card dollars at City Market. It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks! For example, if you spend $10 from your Bridge Card, you receive $10 to buy fresh fruits and veggies grown in Michigan. Bring your SNAP Bridge Card to The Pantry inside City Market, and the staff can point you in the right direction. Simply buy any SNAP-eligible foods at the market with your Bridge Card dollars, and SNAP will match what you spend with FREE Double Up Food Bucks – up to $20, every market day.
WIC Project FRESH
Michigan’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is known as Project FRESH. Administered by the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program, Project FRESH has been in operation since 1992.
WIC Project FRESH helps to provide healthy and nutritious produce to Michigan WIC participants, while fostering economic development by promoting our state’s diverse agricultural products. The program provides low-income, nutritionally-at-risk WIC participants with eligible, locally grown, fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers, farmers’ markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.
Senior Project Fresh
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH in Michigan, provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.