Link Match Program at the Co-op
Please use your Link Match coupons before they expire!
You do have till December 31, 2019, to use the coupons. But keep in mind that local produce will be less abundant in the fall and winter months. Coupons can not be saved for next year. Any coupons that have not been used by Dec. 31, will not be honored.
You may turn in your coupons to the Co-op at any time if you don't want to use them. We will pass them on to other Link users. For questions about the program, please speak with a Co-op staff member.
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