The Food Basket’s DA BUX program officially launched statewide on June 24, 2020. Proudly called a “triple win” for Hawaiʻi, the DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks program helps families, farmers, and communities.
Funded by the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program and statewide partners who provided matching contributions, families’ purchasing power is doubled when they buy local produce at participating retailers. By scanning their DA BUX Access Card at the register, participants will automatically receive a 50% discount on qualifying purchases which allows them to use their SNAP dollars to purchase twice as much fresh, local produce.
Farmers and communities also benefit from DA BUX. The program allows greater access to foods that may have otherwise been out of the question for participants, thus expanding and diversifying farmers’ customer bases while welcoming increased sales and farm profits. The emphasis on local produce impacts the larger community as well, by keeping food dollars in the local economy which circle through the local community even after the initial funds are spent.
The program will operate a little differently on each island and by store. For a guideline to Kauaʻi’s program, see the flyer below. Specific information on program use for Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island is forthcoming. In the meantime, for more information on how to sign up or how DA BUX benefits you and your community, visit dabux.org.