Good food bus
Discounts and more ways
to stay connected
The Good Food Bus Membership Program was developed based on feedback received during community listening sessions and was piloted in the 2018 season. It was a means to help us better understand customer habits and preferences while helping to close the gap between the real cost of fresh, local food and the costs of living for many of our neighbors who face food insecurity.
We had 700 people sign up for our Membership Program in one season, which we see as a huge success. Shoppers were encouraged to return to the market week after week to receive punches on their punch cards while others took advantage of savings at checkout by shopping at a neighborhood location. From the data we collected, we were able to track the frequency of visits from members as well as trends in their spending habits. These could both ultimately help inform our decision making in future seasons.
We launched this program in recognition of the decline of federal food assistance eligibility to many in the community that really need these benefits. By signing up for membership, shoppers at our neighborhood market locations or lower income stops, received a 50% discount off of their entire purchase. The discount is applied only when a shopper uses cash, credit or check as using SNAP/EBT triggers access to the Maine Harvest Bucks program. The program not only helps shoppers who no longer received benefits at all but those who had run out of benefits towards the end of the month.
At our business market locations, members get access to frequent shopper benefits. Many business locations already receive some form of incentive from the host site, so at these locations, the membership serves as encouragement to become a return shopper. At both the neighborhood and business stop locations, members receive weekly newsletters and text reminders on the day of market.
Become a Good food bus Member
It's free to sign up!
Sign up to be a Good Food Bus member this season! It's free to join and you can sign up using the below form OR in person at any of our market stops. A membership with the GFB gets you exclusive access to extended recipes and cooking tips, direct access to newsletters, and additional coupons and discounts.
Become a Good Food Bus member!
Pick up punch card at your next market stop! Include phone number and name of the market stop you typically shop at for text message reminders on your market day!