Food Access

Press Release: Fair Food Network Receives $600,000 Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

Nov 18, 2014 @ 1:35 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Fair Food Network Included as Part of Innovative Nutrition Cohort to Help Improve Nutrition Access and Education

NPR: How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:56 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program: A Primer

Oct 21, 2014 @ 3:04 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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It’s like getting $10 in produce for free.  That’s much better than dollars!”
- Shopper at Ypsilanti farmers market
 
“I appreciate the fact that it’s putting healthy foods in people’s hands. I’m glad to have more business, but even aside from the sales factor, I’m happy knowing the people have the good food.”
- Farmer at Traverse City farmers market
 

Hunger Action Month offers hope

Sep 30, 2014 @ 8:18 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Although I bleed green and white (thanks to Michigan State football), my favorite color in September is orange. And it’s not just because my oldest daughter is a Syracuse University incoming freshman.

Orange is the official color of Hunger Action Month, an annual campaign of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks.

Grist: Nutrition, the environment, and poverty - Let’s talk!

Sep 4, 2014 @ 11:46 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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You may be numb to it by now, but if you haven’t noticed, we’re in the middle of yet another paroxysm of debate over diet. (This time around, the low-fat philosophy is taking a beating.) The argument is fascinating from a history-of-science perspective but totally irrelevant from a policy perspective — which is to say, an actually-solve-real-problems perspective.

NBC News: Food Stamp Recipients in Michigan Double Up on Fruits, Veggies

Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:18 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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In Michigan, an innovative program brings more locally grown fruits and vegetables to residents living on food stamps.
 

Press Release: New 5-Year Report Demonstrates Success & Scalability of SNAP Incentives

Aug 18, 2014 @ 10:54 AM by FFN with [1] comments
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Data from Double Up Food Bucks demonstrates long-term success and scalability of SNAP incentives
 
New 5-year study of Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks shows benefits to families, farmers, economy 
 

How to Start a SNAP Incentive Program: Lessons From The Field

Aug 14, 2014 @ 3:53 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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With its five-year track record, Double Up Food Bucks is inspiring folks from Alabama to Oklahoma to bring healthy food incentives to their communities. Momentum should only increase as federal funding comes online through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, a new federal grants program included in the 2014 Farm Bill.
 

How a nonprofit is helping Michigan family farmers

Aug 11, 2014 @ 1:46 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Fair Food Network, a nonprofit based in Michigan, is trying to promote local agriculture through its program called Double Up Food Bucks. Fair Food Network's president, Oran B. Hesterman, explains how the program works.

A Tale of Michigan Blueberries

Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:21 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Oh, the Places We’ll Go: How Michigan Blueberries Move Through Our Food System.
 
The food and agriculture industry is a major driver of Michigan's economy, contributing $94 billion annually. This figure jumped 50 percent from 2004 to 2010 with the majority of growth coming from farming. 
 
To understand the story behind this number, we decided to track how and where Michigan produce moves through the food system from field to fork, creating this growth. 
 
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