FAQ

General Questions

Fresh Bucks are accepted at over 40 Farmers Markets in Seattle and King County, all Seattle Safeway stores, and four neighborhood grocers. For a list of all Fresh Bucks retailers, including location details and hours of operation, please visit Find my Market.

With Fresh Bucks, you can buy fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables with no added salts, fats, and/or sugars. No change is given for Fresh Bucks.

Fresh Bucks Match

Anyone who has a SNAP/EBT card (Basic Food/Food Stamps) can use Fresh Bucks Match! Customers do not need to apply to Fresh Bucks to use Fresh Bucks Match.

Fresh Bucks does not currently support TANF, WIC, cash benefits, or any other program besides SNAP/Basic Food. See if you qualify for food benefits online via Washington Connection.

Starting Friday, April 26, 2019, customers who buy at least $10 worth of qualifying fruits and vegetables with their SNAP/EBT card and Safeway Club Card will get a Fresh Bucks coupon for $5 off their next purchase of fruits and vegetables. The $5 coupon automatically prints at checkout!

What to buy
Customers can use their coupon to buy fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables with no added salts, fats and/or sugars.

Earning coupons
Customers can only earn one coupon per transaction. For example, even if a customer spends $20 on qualifying fruits and vegetables, they will only get one $5 coupon. However, there is no daily limits on how many coupons SNAP customers can earn! For example, if a customer earns a $5 coupon, and on the same day they come back or go to another Safeway store and spend another $10 on qualifying fruits and vegetables, they will get another $5 coupon.

Using coupons
Coupons are for $5 off the next purchase of fresh, canned, frozen fruits and vegetables, so long as the products have no added fats, sugars, or salt.

Customers can only use a coupon on fruits and vegetable purchases of $5 of more. For example, the coupon will not be accepted if a customer tries to use the coupon on a $4 purchase.

Customers MUST use their Safeway Club Card in order to use their coupon. Customers do not need to use their EBT card in order to use their coupon.

Coupons expire monthly
Coupons expire one month from the date the coupon is printed. The exact expiration date is printed on the coupon.

Coupon limitations
Coupons are for $5 off the next purchase of fresh, canned, frozen fruits and vegetables, so long as the products have no added fats, sugars, or salt. Customers can use up to four coupons in one transaction. For example, if a customer has 4 coupons ($5 each), they can redeem the coupons in one transaction for $20 of qualifying fruits and vegetables.

Unlimited match at farmers markets and neighborhood grocers!

Fresh Bucks matches SNAP/EBT purchases at farmers markets and neighborhood grocers with no match cap. For example, if you spend $12 in SNAP/EBT, you will receive $12 Fresh Bucks dollars.

In case your Fresh Bucks coupon does not print after you made a qualifying purchase at a Seattle Safeway, please do one of the following:

  1. Give your contact information (name, address, and phone number) to a Safeway staff member. Your Fresh Bucks coupon will be mailed to your home address, or
  2. Contact Fresh Bucks by emailing freshbucks@seattle.gov with the following information:
    • Name
    • Mailing address
    • Safeway Club Card number OR phone number affiliated with the Safeway Club Card
    • Copy/image of your receipt

You can only earn one Fresh Bucks coupon per transaction, however, there are no limits on how many coupons you can earn. For example, if you earn a $5 coupon and on the same day you make another shopping trip at Safeway and spend another $10 on qualifying fruits and vegetables, you will get another $5 coupon.

You can use up to four coupons at a time at Safeway, but keep in mind, no change is given if you spend less than the coupon value.

Coupons earned at Safeway can only be used at Seattle Safeway stores. Coupons will not be accepted at farmers markets or neighborhood grocers even though they are participating retailers. You are welcome to use the Fresh Bucks Match at these other retailers, here’s how.

Coupons will not be replaces or refunded. You must present the cashier with the original Fresh Bucks coupon in order to use it.

Fresh Bucks Vouchers

Seattle residents must apply to receive Fresh Bucks vouchers; applications are now closed. Information about the 2020 Fresh Bucks Voucher application will be available in December.

Residents who qualify for Fresh Bucks get monthly Fresh Bucks vouchers in the mail, from partnering community organizations and/or partnering clinics who are patients of that health provider.

Fresh Bucks vouchers are funded by the City of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax and can only be mailed to residents who live within the Seattle city limits. Use this tool to determine if you live within the City limits. Residents living in unincorporated King County do not qualify.

If you live outside of Seattle, check out Fresh Bucks Match and save money using your SNAP/EBT card or learn about similar programs in other parts of Washington State.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept all applicants due to limited funding. If you applied to the waitlist, we will let you know if additional space is made available and automatically enroll you in the Fresh Bucks program. As of March 11, 2019, the application is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications to the waitlist.

For customers enrolled in Fresh Bucks, vouchers will be mailed to you every month. If you do not have a permanent mailing address, you can add a temporary Seattle address (such as a trusted family member or an organization that holds your mail).

If you received vouchers from a health care provider or a community organization, please contact that provider or organization to learn about getting vouchers on a monthly basis.

Looking to spend more than $10 on fruits and vegetables in one trip? No problem. You can use up to four Fresh Bucks vouchers at a time. Select at least $10 worth of fruits and vegetables to use each $10 voucher. For example, if you buy $20 of qualifying fruits and vegetables, you can use two $10 vouchers. No change is given if you spend less than the voucher value.

For customers enrolled in Fresh Bucks, your vouchers belong to you. This means your vouchers cannot be spent by others, they are non-transferrable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Lost or stolen Fresh Bucks vouchers will not be replaced. Refer to the expiration date printed on the dollars and vouchers. Once the Fresh Bucks have expired, they are no longer valid and can’t be used.

Program information is available in 14 languages. You may request to have communication sent in your preferred language by contacting us at 206-684-2489 or freshbuckseattle@seattle.gov.