How to Use Vouchers

Vouchers are worth $5-$10 and are distributed to participants through participating community-based organizations or health clinics at which they are enrolled. Each organization has its own schedule for distributing vouchers on a regular basis.

What can I buy with my vouchers:

Vouchers 4 Veggies-EatSF distributes several different types of vouchers. The color of the voucher determines what you can purchase:

Click a tab below to read more information on what you can purchase with each type of voucher.

Green Vouchers
Green Voucher

Green Vouchers:

Green vouchers are worth $5 each and are distributed through partnering community-based distribution sites, such as health clinics, housing sites, and senior centers.

Green vouchers can only be used within their valid expiration dates.

Green vouchers can ONLY be used for:

  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, like salad mixes, are okay. However, you CANNOT purchase salad mixes with dressings or other mix-ins, such as nuts and cheese.

Green vouchers CANNOT be used for:

  • Fruit and vegetables with added sugar or salt OR other food items such as juice, milk, eggs, or bread.

Green vouchers CANNOT be exchanged for cash. If you do not spend the full voucher amount, you will NOT receive change back.

For a list of locations, please visit eatsfvoucher.org/locations

Purple Vouchers

Purple Vouchers:

Purple vouchers are worth $10 each and are distributed to participants through partnering community-based organizations, such as WIC clinics and other health clinics.

Purple vouchers can ONLY be used within their valid expiration dates.

Purple vouchers can ONLY be used for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables:

  • Pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, like salad mixes, are okay.

Purple vouchers CANNOT be used for fruit and vegetables with added sugar or salt OR other food items such as juice, milk, eggs, or bread.

Purple vouchers CANNOT be exchanged for cash. If you do not spend the full voucher amount, you will NOT receive change back.

For a list of locations, please visit eatsfvoucher.org/locations

Orange Vouchers
Orange Voucher

Orange Vouchers:

Orange vouchers are worth $5-$10 each and are distributed through partnering community-based distribution sites, such as health clinics housing sites, and senior centers.

Orange vouchers can only be used within their valid expiration dates.

Orange vouchers can be used for ALL food items EXCEPT alcohol and sugary beverages. Hot foods are acceptable.

Orange vouchers CANNOT be exchanged for cash. If you do not spend the full voucher amount, you will NOT receive change back.

For a list of locations, please visit eatsfvoucher.org/locations

FAQs

How do I enroll?

EatSF does not directly enroll families and/or individuals. Enrollment in the EatSF program is through participating partner organizations such as supportive housing agencies, senior centers, health clinics, SRO buildings, and many others. You must also meet the eligibility criteria to be a part of the program. Contact a partner organization that you are affiliated with to see if you are eligible to participate.

If you are an organization that would like to partner with EatSF, please contact us at eatsf@ucsf.edu or 1-833-VEG4YOU.

Where do I get my vouchers?

Vouchers are distributed via community-based organizations partnering with EatSF. If you are a current participant, you will receive vouchers from the staff at your site on a monthly basis. Please contact the staff at your site for more information, or use the “Contact” option at the bottom of this page to contact the EatSF Program Coordinator.

When will I get my vouchers?

Vouchers are distributed at participating community-based organizations and health clinics. For a list of our partner organizations, click here. Each site has its own schedule for distributing vouchers on a regular basis.

For more questions, please contact the staff at the site which you enrolled in the program.

How often will I get vouchers?

This depends on the staff at the site where you are receiving vouchers. Most people receive their vouchers once per month.

How much are my vouchers worth?

Each voucher is worth $5-$10. Participants receive $20-$40 each month in vouchers, depending on their household size.

Where can I use my vouchers?

Please check the map to find the markets, grocery stores, and corner stores that accept EatSF vouchers. You may also use the vouchers at the Heart of the City Farmers Market, Alemany Farmers Market, and Mission Community Market.

How do I use my vouchers at participating stores?

Vouchers can be used at any of our partnering vendor locations. Vouchers are worth $5-$10. If you spend more than the allotted amount, you will have to pay the difference. If you spend less than the allotted amount, no change will be given back to you. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash. Your voucher MUST be used within the dates written on it. When shopping for groceries, present your voucher to the cashier at the register as you are paying. You can use more than one voucher at a time as long as they are not expired.

See “How do I use my vouchers at farmer’s markets” for more information on redeeming your vouchers at our farmer’s market locations.

How do I use my voucher at the Farmers Market?

Heart of the City Farmer’s Market:

  • Redeem your vouchers directly at the farmer’s market booth of your choice.
  • Note: You will not receive any change back if you spend less than the voucher dollar amount.

Alemany Farmer’s Market:

  • Go to the market office (building located close to Alemany Blvd) to receive tokens for the value of the vouchers.
  • You may use these tokens to purchase fruits and vegetables at the booths in the farmer’s market.

Mission Community Market:

  • Go to the CUESA Info Booth to receive market coins for the value of vouchers.
  • You may use these tokens to purchase fruits and vegetables at the booths in the farmer’s market

Please visit our store locations page for store operating hours.

Can I use more than one voucher at a time?

Yes, as long as you are using the vouchers within the “First day to use” and “Last day to use” dates written on them.

I went to one of the stores and they wouldn’t take my voucher. What do I do?

If you have a problem using your voucher, please contact EatSF or call 1-833-VEG4YOU.

If I lose my vouchers or they expire, can I get new ones?

Once you have received vouchers from your site, you are responsible for using them within the valid dates. You cannot get new ones if they are lost or expired.

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