In 2016, the Market Match program generated $4 million in additional farmers’ market purchases. Learn more about how Market Match benefits shoppers, farmers, farmers’ markets, and surrounding communities.


Market Match enables healthy food choices for low-income shoppers. In 2014, 61% of customers surveyed reported that Market Match was a very important consideration in their decision to spend their benefits at the farmers’ market instead of elsewhere. 79% reported that their consumption of fruits and vegetables increased as a result of the program.


Market Match drives additional purchases with farmers 4 to 1. In 2014, $550,000 in incentives drove $2.2 million in spending on fresh fruits and vegetables at participating markets. That is a Social Return On Investment (SROI) of 440%, unprecedented in healthy eating interventions.


Incentives work for California’s rural communities. According to USDA, every $1 of SNAP spending generates $1.79 of additional economic activity. That means that in 2014, Market Match created $4 million in economic activity, aiding some of California’s most economically hard-hit farming communities.


The Ecology Center and many of our national counterparts played a central role in convincing legislators to approve new federal funding in the 2014 Farm Bill for healthy food incentive programs. USDA’s new Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program will fund up to $31M in Fiscal Years 2015 & 2016 for programs like Market Match. The FINI program matches non-federal sources dollar-for-dollar. This is the result of years of the Ecology Center and the CMMC’s legislative efforts to include this funding in the Federal Farm Bill.

In 2015, the Ecology Center, the California Market Match Consortium (CMMC), Roots of Change, and other statewide partners were successful in advocating for the passage of Assembly Bill 1321, a bill that would create a state matching grant program that could capture Federal FINI funds, build the State Farm-to-Fork office, and stimulate California’s small farming communities. In June of 2016, the state approved $5 million in state funds to fund this state grant program, and expand on incentive programs like Market Match.