Link Match Program at the Co-op
The 2020 Link Match Program has come to an end. We hope to be able to offer this program in 2021. Given this is a grant based program, please check back in the Spring of for more updates!
Neighborhood Co-op Grocery is excited to launch a Link Match incentive program that will allow low-income families an opportunity to increase their buying power. We are always looking for ways to make shopping at the Co-op more affordable and inclusive of the whole community. By partnering with Experimental Station, we are able to participate in a Link Match program that will help more people gain access to healthy local produce and help more local farmers strengthen their businesses.
With generous support from the USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program and from other corporate, city and private funding sources, Experimental Station’s Link Up Illinois program enables Illinois farmers markets and co-ops to double the value of purchases for shoppers using their Link cards, giving customers greater buying power towards fresh, locally produced foods.
Experimental Station works with local organizations, such as the Co-op, to draw awareness, educate, and launch programs like Link Match to allow low-income families greater accessibility for healthier options. Not only does Link Match create opportunities for more affordable nutritious foods, but it also rebuilds linkages between local agricultural producers and consumers. Experimental Station also provides participating markets with training and technical assistance for implementing these programs successfully.
How it works:
When a Link participant shops at Neighborhood Co-op Grocery and uses their Link card, they can earn up to $25 per day towards the purchase of local fruits and vegetables. Link Match benefits are matched $1 for $1 on the first $25 spent with a Link card. Link Match dollars collected at the Co-op can then be used to buy local fruits and vegetables from the Co-op.
For more information about Link Up Illinois, please visit the website at http://experimentalstation.org/linkup‐overview