Washington’s Fruit and Vegetable Incentives Program

The Fruit and Vegetable Incentives Program (FVIP) helps families on limited budgets afford more fruits and vegetables and encourages healthier eating. Since 2015, the Washington State Department of Health, state, and local partners have implemented a variety of fruit and vegetable incentives to make healthy food more affordable for low-income families in Washington.

History and Funding

With initial support from a $5.8 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant (2015-2020), the Washington State Department of Health and dozens of state and local partners developed and tested fruit and vegetable incentive programs with farmers markets, grocery stores, and healthcare systems.

To continue the programs started under the FINI grant, the FVIP was established by Substitute House Bill 1587 in 2019. The State of Washington appropriated $3.8 million for FVIP (for the 2019-2021 biennium) and $3 million for the 2021-2023 biennium. Continued support from state, federal, and private funding allows the FVIP to continue operating.

In 2020, Washington State Department of Health and partners were awarded a $6.4 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentives Program (GusNIP, formerly FINI) Grant (2020-2023) to support and expand SNAP Market Match and SNAP Produce Match to reach more Washingtonians.

Interested in supporting Fruit and Vegetable Incentives Program? Email us at FVIP@doh.wa.gov to learn more.

Programs

SNAP Market Match

At more than 120 participating Washington farmers markets and farm stands, shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, get extra benefits to spend on fruits and vegetables farmers markets and farm stands.

For more information, visit: SNAP Market Match.

SNAP Produce Match

At participating grocery stores, shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, get extra benefits to spend on fruits and vegetables.

For more information, visit: SNAP Produce Match.

Fruit and Vegetable Prescriptions (Rx)

At select health care sites and public health agencies, health care providers prescribe fruits and vegetables to patients who are food insecure and have, or are at-risk for, a chronic disease. The prescription is used like cash to buy fruits and vegetables at Safeway stores in Washington. Fruit and Vegetable Rx are currently offered by 11 partner organizations.

Factsheets and Reports

Contact

For more information, email us at FVIP@doh.wa.gov.

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