Da BUX is an incentive program for SNAP-EBT cardholders to buy more Hawai`i Island grown produce. DA BUX stretches EBT food dollars and supports farmers on our island.
The DA BUX program works by matching EBT dollars spent on Hawai`i Island grown produce with additional free produce. For example, if you buy $10 of Hawai`i Island grown produce with your EBT card, DA BUX gives you another $10 of Hawai`i Island grown produce for free.
For 2017, DA BUX is being offered on select dates at KTA’s Puainako and Hilo locations, Maku`u Farmers Market, Volcano Farmers Market, Kona Sunset Market, Keauhou Farmers Market, and Hawai`i Food Basket
How is DA BUX helping farmers?
DA BUX incentives help to increase Hawai‘i Island farm sales by doubling what EBT cardholders can buy. Farmers are still paid in full for their product, while EBT cardholders can receive half of their produce purchase for free. The free produce is covered by DA BUX incentive dollars received through a USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant. Incentive money for the farmers market sales was received from County Council members Eileen Ohara, Jen Ruggles, Maile Davis, and Dru Kanuha.
Do I need to apply for the program?
No. You use your EBT card as you normally would at a DA BUX retailer. Most DA BUX retailers apply the discount at checkout.
At the Volcano Farmers Market and the Kona Sunset Farmers Market, receipts for EBT tokens (Food Buck cards or coins) are matched with free DA BUX produce vouchers. Vouchers are available at the farmers market EBT booths.
Are there limits on how much free produce/incentive I can receive?
Yes. At the Maku‘u Farmers Market, Volcano Farmers Market, Sunset Farmers Market, and Keauhou Farmers Market, you are limited to receiving $10 of free produce per day.
At KTA Super Stores, you are limited to receiving $20 of free produce per day. KTA also initially requires you to have enough money to pay for the total amount of qualifying produce. They put the incentive amount back on your EBT card as a second transaction.
There are no limits at The Food Basket. For each bag of produce that you buy, you can get another bag free.
The Food Basket sells produce?
The Food Basket sells produce bags through our Ho‘olaha Ka Hua “DA BOX” community-supported agriculture program. Each bag contains an assortment of fresh, in-season Hawai`i Island grown produce. There is a minimum of seven items per bag—1-2 fruits and 5-6 veggies. We deliver to different pick-up locations around Hawai`i Island. Please call 933-6030 to find the pick-up site that is most convenient for you. Each bag costs $16, but with the DA BUX program, you can get a free bag with every bag purchased with an EBT card.
When is DA BUX incentive available?
DA BUX incentive is available at KTA’s Puainako and Downtown locations for one week a month, starting on the third Wednesday of the month for 2017:
- Sept 20-26, 2017
- Oct 18-24, 2017
- Nov 15-21, 2017
- Dec 20-26, 2017
DA BUX incentive is available at Maku‘u Farmers Market and Volcano Farmers Market on the third Sunday of the month for 2017:
- Aug 20, 2017
- Sept 17, 2017
- Oct 15, 2017
- Nov 19, 2017
- Dec 17, 2017
DA BUX incentive is available at Kona Sunset Farmers Market on the third Wednesday of the month for 2017:
- Sept 20, 2017
- Oct 18, 2017
- Nov 15, 2017
- Dec 20, 2017
DA BUX incentive is available at Keauhou Farmers Market on the third Saturday of the month for 2017:
- Sept 16, 2017
- Oct 21, 2017
- Nov 18, 2017
- Dec 16, 2017
DA BUX incentive is available at The Food Basket weekly from September 1, 2017-December 22, 2017.
2018 DA BUX incentive dates and program details are to be determined.
Do you still have questions? Call Chelsea at 933-6030.