Volume 10 — August 29, 2013
Implementing a Farmers’ Market Incentive Program: Perspectives on the New York City Health Bucks Program
|Total Health Bucks issued||3,000||9,000||10,449||112,919||113,454||138,930|
|Percentage distributed as EBT incentive||0||0||0||51||65||71|
|Percentage distributed through community-based organizations||100||100||100||49||35||29|
|No. distributed as EBT incentive||0||0||0||57,589||73,745||98,640|
|No. distributed through community-based organizations||3,000||9,000||10,449||55,330||39,709||40,290|
Figure 1. The number of Health Bucks coupons issued as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) incentives and through community-based organizations, New York City, 2005 through 2010.
|Percentage that agree: Because my stand or stall accepts Health Bucks . . .||Agree|
|I need more staff to help operate my stand or stall||21%|
|Customer traffic at my stands or stall moves slower||23%|
|I am able to participate in more farmers’ markets||36%|
|My stand or stall has a greater variety of items to sell||41%|
|My stand or stall at this market has expanded||42%|
|My customers are more likely to make cash purchases||48%|
|My customers buy more new or unfamiliar foods||57%|
|I have more repeat customers||70%|
|I sell more fresh fruits and vegetables||72%|
|New customers shop at my stand or stall more often||74%|
|I make more money at the market||75%|
Figure 2. Weighted percentage of farmer/vendor survey respondents (n = 141) who agreed with statements that “Because my stand or stall accepts Health Bucks, . . . ”.
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