Fresh Bucks Vouchers Application

Fresh Bucks makes healthy food more affordable for Seattle residents. Participants enrolled in Fresh Bucks Vouchers receive $40 in Fresh Bucks Vouchers benefits per month to purchase fruits and vegetables at any participating Fresh Bucks retailer. Find participating retailers here.

Fresh Bucks is getting ready for our next enrollment cycle! The Public Lottery application opens on October 11, 2021 at 9am.
What does that mean? Between October 11th at 9am and October 29th at 11:59pm, you can apply to receive Fresh Bucks benefits toward fruit and vegetable purchases at participating Seattle retailers in 2022.

Even if you are already a Fresh Bucks customer, you still need to apply for the 2022 benefits year. Everyone can apply either online or by phone and you can find this information on our website in advance. You will be asked to provide the below information which will determine your eligibility:

  • Number of people in your household. “Household” means all the people who live with you and share in the expenses. If your household size changes frequently, please indicate the household size that is most constant.
  • Your total household income, before taxes, during the past 12 months.
  • Your current home address. This information will need to be entered correctly or it could impact your application. If you do not have a home address, please enter a mailing address.

If you are contacted by a partner organization, you may be enrolled into the program without submitting a Public Lottery application. Otherwise, we invite you to apply at freshbuckseattle.org/apply starting October 11th at 9am. If you have questions in the meantime about the program or enrollment, see below or call (206) 684-2489.

Eligibility
How to Apply
Requirements

Are You Eligible?

Anyone can apply for Fresh Bucks Vouchers. When you submit an application, the system will let you know if you are eligible within seconds.

You are eligible for Fresh Bucks Vouchers if:

  1. You live within the City of Seattle limits (check here) and
  2. Your household income is at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). See the AMI table.
# in Household 80% AMI
1 $ 63,350
2 $ 72,400
3 $ 81,450
4 $ 90,500
5 $ 97,750
6 $ 105,000
7 $ 112,250
8 $ 119,500
9 $ 126,700
10 $ 133,950

How to Apply

You can apply for Fresh Bucks Vouchers in one of two ways:

Public Lottery Application

Community-Based Enrollment

All eligible, unduplicated applications received within the public lottery application period will be entered into a public lottery. Your chances of being selected in the lottery are the same, whether you apply online or over the phone.

We partner with local community-based organizations and health clinics that work with historically underserved communities most impacted by food insecurity and diet-related chronic disease to enroll eligible people in the Fresh Bucks voucher program.

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Public Lottery Application

All eligible, unduplicated applications received within the public lottery application period will be entered into a public lottery. Your chances of being selected in the lottery are the same, whether you apply online or over the phone. A computer-generated randomized selection process conducted by a third party will be used to randomly select program recipients. Each applicant is assigned an “unfiltered” randomized ranking between 1 and the total number of applicants. (For example, in a lottery with 10,000 applicants, each applicant is randomly assigned a number between 1 and 10,000.)

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Community-Based Enrollment

We partner with local community-based organizations and health clinics who work with historically underserved communities most impacted by food insecurity and diet-related chronic disease to enroll eligible people into Fresh Bucks Vouchers.

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Application Requirements

You will need the following information to complete an application:

Household Size

Household Income

Seattle Resident Address

Public Lottery Application

The Lottery Process

All eligible, unduplicated applications received within the public lottery application period will be entered into a public lottery. Your chances of being selected in the lottery are the same, whether you apply online or over the phone. A computer-generated randomized selection process conducted by a third party will be used to randomly select program recipients. Each applicant is assigned an “unfiltered” randomized ranking between 1 and the total number of applicants. (For example, in a lottery with 10,000 applicants, each applicant is randomly assigned a number between 1 and 10,000.)

Community-Based Enrollment

Our Approach

Guided by the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), Fresh Bucks aims to eliminate racial disparities in access to healthy foods among historically underserved communities. We do this by partnering with local community-based organizations and health clinics who work with historically underserved communities most impacted by food insecurity and diet-related chronic disease to enroll eligible people in the Fresh Bucks voucher program. People enrolled through Community-Based Enrollment do not participate in the Public Lottery.

Partnering Organizations

Eligible participants are automatically enrolled through their participating community-based organization or health clinic. A list of participating community-based organizations and health clinics is below:

Community-Based Organizations

  • Atlantic Street Center
  • Casa Latina
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Chinese Information & Service Center
  • Got Green
  • Horn of Africa Services
  • InterIm CDA
  • Lake City Collective
  • Latino Community Fund
  • Neighborhood House
  • Somali Health Board
  • Villa Comunitaria
  • United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Health Clinics

Fresh Bucks Vouchers are available for existing patients only. If you are a current patient at one of the health clinics listed below, check with your healthcare provider to see if they participate in Fresh Bucks. Not all providers in these health systems participate in Fresh Bucks Vouchers.

  • Harborview Medical Center: Ambulatory Care Clinics
  • Kaiser Permanente: Capitol Hill Clinic, Rainier Clinic, Teen Clinic and select WIC Clinics
  • NeighborCare
  • Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic
  • Public Health Seattle King County: Access & Outreach, Metro ORCA Lift Office
  • Seattle Indian Health Board

Questions about how to apply? Contact us here or call 206.684.2489.