Help families eat better food. Donate to support double value incentive programs at the Community Farmers Market!
What is Link Match? The CCFM matches the value of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) purchases made at the farmers market with Link Match coupons to spend on locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The Link Match program was formerly known as Double Value Coupons.
How does it work? Shoppers can use their LINK cards to receive wooden tokens at the Market Information table. Customers will receive an additional $1 in Link Match coupons for every $1 they take out of their LINK, up to $25 each week. For example, when a shopper takes out $10 on their LINK card, they would receive an additional $10 in Link Match coupons to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.
Who funds this program? The program is paid for through a combination of market sponsorships from businesses and organizations, small grants, and donations from community members. LINK Up Illinois,a program of Experimental Station, helps sponsor the double value incentives at the Carbondale Community Farmers Market. We are currently looking for sponsorship for the upcoming season. Please email Karen@fwsoil.org if you are interested in helping the market.
Where can I use my Link Match coupons?
Link Match coupons can be used at the Winter Community Farmers Markets on Saturdays in Carbondale, IL at both the in-person market and the on-line market. More details to come soon on the on-line ordering process.
How long are tokens and coupons valid?
SNAP tokens and Link Match Coupons can be used throughout the market season. They can also be used at any other participating farmers market in Illinois through the end of the calendar year. Find a list of participating markets at https://experimentalstation.org/markets.
What can I buy with my Link Match coupons?
Link Match coupons can only be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. SNAP tokens can be used to purchase any eligible food item such as bread, eggs, or meat.