New SNAP / EBT & Veggie Rx Program
SNAP / EBT participants in Hamakua, North and South Kohala, and North and South Kona, may be eligible for free, fresh, local fruit and vegetable coupons provided by the Same Canoe Local Food Challenge. This program’s focus is to increase purchase and consumption of healthy fresh produce and helps connect buyers to local foods and farmers. Goal: grow the local ag economy and increase food security.
More Local, More Better!
Two Options – SNAP Coupon or Veggie Rx
A) Regular SNAP Earn up to $160 in free coupons, from $10 up to $40 a month, by providing matching shopping receipts or earn more by participating in qualified food, health or nutrition classes and events. Ask about ways to earn additional coupons through education and special events.
B) VEGGIE Rx Earn the base $160 visiting your doctor to discuss health and nutrition. Then earn an additional $160 in free coupons and produce ($320 total potential) when enrolled through a participating health care provider plus attending one or more approved health education programs. Ask your health provider about VEGGIE Rx (see list of participating providers below).
Click to read the Veggie Rx Invitation for West Hawaii Community Health Centers
Island Heart Care (Kona), Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi (North and West) , Kukui Lifestyle Medicine (Kona), and Mango Medical (Waimea) are also stakeholders that can issue prescriptions.
A. How to Participate as a SNAP Coupon User, Regular Program
1) Enroll in person at a Same Canoe table at a location and date shown below. Once enrolled, you can start saving your EBT produce receipts showing fresh fruit and veggie purchases.
2) Shop & Earn Each month you can trade in $20- $80 in qualified EBT produce purchase receipts to receive $10-40 in coupons for fresh, LOCAL, fruits and vegetables. Match is 2:1 – each $20 in EBT produce purchases earns you $10 in coupon dollars.
B. Get Veggie Rx for Top Benefits, Health Provider Approved
1) If you are a patient at one of our approved health care partners, you can reach the highest benefits by enrolling in ‘Healthy Food for Healthy Living’ partner classes and easily earn up to $320 in total coupons and produce. Ask your health provider about Same Canoe Veggie Rx.
2) To earn the full $320 in coupons, you must first see your doctor every 3 months to discuss impacts of increasing fresh fruits and vegetables and, at anytime, begin taking one or more approved classes using our Health Eating / Healthy Living PASSPORT.
Where and When
These free local produce coupons can be redeemed at specific farmers’ markets and grocers through March of 2019 in Kohala and Hamakua; through June of 2019 in Kona area. Veggie Rx coupons are valid through end of December 2019. Fresh Feast farm-grown CSA box subscriptions are available under a pilot through close of 2019 (fill in the form in the box below to request the CSA).
Please enroll at the locations and dates listed below. We are at most locations once a month; every community has several locations so you can find us 2 or more times each month by visiting different locations.
For UP TO DATE times for booth activities, please go to the CALENDAR.
2019 Sign-up and Coupon Dates
Note: Wednesday Waimea Farmers’ Market at Pukalani Stables now accepts EBT and we will be announcing dates for Jan-March tables there. The Saturday Kamuela Market at the stables on Saturday continues to accept coupons through end of March (no Same Canoe table). Coupons are good at any of the above locations any day they are open.
2018 Sign-up and Coupon Dates
Current Healthcare partners include: West Hawaii Community Health Center, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Island Heart Care, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Kukui Lifestyle Medicine (Kona) and Mango Medical (Waimea). If you are a patient, ask them about VEGGIE Rx and receive extra benefits and coupons.
Project partners include: One Island Sustainable Living, the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, local farmers and healthy food retailers, cafes, food trucks and restaurants.
Project sites include: Hamakua Harvest, Hawi, Kamuela, Kona Sunset, Keauhou and Pure Kona Farmers’ Markets – as well as Island Naturals, Healthways, Choice Mart, Takata Store and Kohala Gown Market every month in 2018. Plus special events like the Culinary Arts Under the Stars, Kohala JAMboree and more.
Farm Fresh is Best!
West Hawaii Today
Dec 17, 2018 Food for the Holidays
Sept 24th, 2018 edition, page 5B
Sept 12, 2017 Same Canoe New Funding
Oct 4, 2016 Same Canoe Goes to Washington