SNAP Share

Formally known as the SNAP Box Program, the SNAP Share provides access to healthy, fresh, and local produce at an affordable price. Beginning with the Summer 2017 CSA season, Greensgrow now offers this low-cost option as a segment of our larger CSA program in order to bring together the various communities we work with as well as to offer a wider array of resources and conveniences to our SNAP eligible members.

For the Winter 2017-2018 CSA season, SNAP Share members can choose between the same three shares available to all members: 1) the meat share, 2) the large vegetarian / vegan share, and 3) the small vegetarian / vegan share. To make these shares affordable and accessible, Greensgrow will be setting the price of these shares to be at cost. SNAP Share members are also welcome to enroll in the add-on programs (Cheese Share, Coffee Share, or Bread Share), however Greensgrow is unable to lower the prices of these items. See more details below.

Becoming a Member & Income Eligibility

Interested in becoming a SNAP Share member? Income eligibility is required to participate in the SNAP Share. Possession of an Access EBT Card qualifies as proof of income eligibility, however it is not required to participate in the SNAP Share. In cases of individuals or households who are SNAP eligible but do not have an Access EBT Card, another proof of income eligibility will be requested. Check your eligibility status by visiting this website or calling the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger’s SNAP benefits hotline at 215.430.0556.

By joining Greensgrow’s CSA, you are joining a community of farmers, consumers, and businesses committed to local economic development and environmental sustainability. Greensgrow orders food to provide shares for each of our members every week. That means that we are expecting all members to pay for and pick up their shares every week so that we can continue to support the farmers we work with and provide programming throughout the city of Philadelphia.

If you are ever unable to pick up a share, we ask that you either 1) arrange to have a friend or family member pick up your share, or 2) let us know ahead of time so that we can arrange a more convenient time or place for you to pick up your share. However, we will not be able to return money for shares not picked up.

As with all other CSA members, we ask SNAP Share members to commit to participating in the program for the entire 10 week season lasting from December 1st through April 15th. (Note: The SNAP Share season will last 10 weeks rather than 11 weeks so as to simplify the payment process.)

What’s in the SNAP Share?

SNAP Meat Share: Includes 5 to 7 local produce and/or pantry items, a local meat, and the choice of one protein item (eggs, milk, butter, seitan, tofu, or yogurt). This share highlights the meat chosen week to week, which is always locally raised outdoors and/or on pasture, given non-GMO diets without the use of antibiotics or hormones. We also occasionally include wild caught seafood. 10 pickups • $250.00 ($25.00/share)

SNAP Large Vegetarian / Vegan Share: Includes 8 to 11 produce and/or pantry items and the choice of one protein (eggs, milk, butter seitan, tofu, or yogurt). Produce and/or pantry items will usually include one Greensgrow grown item. In the instance that a cheese or other non-vegan item is included as one of the 8 to 11 produce or pantry items, Vegan Share members will receive a comparable vegan substitute. 10 pickups • $225.00 ($22.50/share)

SNAP Small Vegetarian / Vegan Share: Includes 5 to 7 produce items and the choice of one protein item (eggs, milk, butter, seitan, tofu, or yogurt). In the instance that a cheese or other non-vegan item is included as one of the 5 to 7 produce or pantry items, Vegan Share members will receive a comparable vegan substitute such as our house-made pickles, jams, and local grains or breads. Please note that members must choose between a veggie or vegan share upon sign-up. 10 pickups • $175.00 ($17.50/share)

Add On Shares: SNAP Share members can purchase the Add On Cheese Share, Coffee Share, or Bread Share, however Greensgrow is unable to lower the prices of these items. More details here.

Philly Food Bucks: For every $5 spent using SNAP benefits, members receive $2.00 in Philly Food Bucks which can be used to purchase more locally-grown produce at participating farmers markets like ours!

Locations & Times

Greensgrow Farms • 2501 E. Cumberland Street • Kensington
Every other Saturday • 10 am–2pm

Greensgrow West • 5123 Baltimore Avenue • West Philadelphia
Every other Friday • 4pm–7pm

BeerLove • 714 S 4th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19147
Queen Village • Every other Saturday • 12pm–2pm

Schedule

The CSA season begins the week of December 1st and ends the week of April 15th. You will pick up every other week, with an exception over the holidays, when there’s a 3 week gap. Your day and time depend on your pickup location.

Application deadline for first share pick up is November 17th. To participate in the full season sign up on or before November 17th to start picking up on December 1st or 2nd. Applications received after November 17th will start participation later, depending on their application date, prorated prices will apply.

SNAP Payment Schedule

SNAP Share members will be asked to make five monthly payments. Each monthly payment will cover two shares: $50.00 for meat shares, $45 for large vegetarian / vegan shares, and $35 for small vegetarian / vegan shares. The first payment is due on November 17th – before the first scheduled pick-up date – so as to avoid any retroactive payments. All payment dates are set to be on or after the 10th business day of the month, at which point all Access benefit accounts should be refilled. NOTE: Subscriptions to join the Winter 2017-2018 CSA as a SNAP Share member will not be considered complete until applicants have made their first monthly payment.


Payment Due Date Coverage Cost
Sign Up: Sat. 11/17 Weeks 1 and 2 $50 (meat) / $45 (lg. veg) / $35 (sm. veg)
Week 2: Fri. 12/15 or Sat. 12/16 Weeks 3 and 4 $50 (meat) / $45 (lg. veg) / $35 (sm. veg)
Week 4: Fri. 1/19 or Sat. 1/20 Weeks 5  and 6 $50 (meat) / $45 (lg. veg) / $35 (sm. veg)
Week 6: Fri. 2/16 or Sat. 2/17 Weeks 7 and 8 $50 (meat) / $45 (lg. veg) / $35 (sm. veg)
Week 8: Fri. 3/16 or Sat. 3/17 Weeks 9 and 10 $50 (meat) / $45 (lg. veg) / $35 (sm. veg)

Payment methods

SNAP Share members are welcome to use EBT Access cards or other forms of payment, including debit card, credit card, Philly Food Bucks, personal check, or cash. However, Greensgrow can only issue Philly Food Bucks for payments made using an EBT Access card.

Value

For every $5.00 spent on the SNAP Share using an EBT Access card, Greensgrow will issue one Philly Food Buck coupon, worth $2.00. For the Winter 2017-2018 CSA, we are ensuring that all payments due will be divisible by $5.00 to ensure that SNAP Share members get the greatest amount of Philly Food Bucks possible. Philly Food Bucks can be used to purchase produce at farmer’s markets and at other sites selling local fruits and vegetables, including Greensgrow! Philly Food Bucks can be used to make purchases made at Greensgrow’s Farmstand and Mini Markets as well as to pay for future payments of your SNAP Share! NOTE: Philly Food Bucks expire at the end of the year in which they were issued.


Share
Type
Cost per
Share
Cost of Monthly
Payment
Total
Cost
Total Return in
Philly Food Bucks*
Net
Cost**
Meat $25.00 $50.00 $250.00 $100.00 $150.00
Large Veg. $22.50 $45.00 $225.00 $90.00 $135.00
Small Veg. $17.50 $35.00 $175.00 $70.00 $105.00

* = Philly Food Bucks are only available when paying with EBT Access card

** = Cost of CSA share if all Philly Food Bucks received are used to pay for future shares


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Questions?

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact us at snapshare@greensgrow.org or 215.427.2780 ext. 2

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