Food Access

Letter to the Editor

Sep 12, 2013 @ 12:23 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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The following letter appeared in the New York Times on September 11, 2013.

To the Editor:

The projections of a jump in food insecurity are alarming. Children are not ready to learn and grow to their full potential — nor are parents prepared to succeed — when they don’t have regular access to fresh, healthy food.

Meet Up and Eat Up with the Lions Kicks off at Eastern Market September 10

Sep 12, 2013 @ 10:50 AM by FFN with [0] comments

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2013 season in the community by continuing efforts to fight food insecurity in Detroit. In partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Fair Food Network, Detroit Eastern Market, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Playworks and Wayne State University School of Medicine, the team presents Meet Up & Eat Up with the Lions, beginning Tuesday, September 10 at Eastern Market.

Tuesday’s inaugural event will feature former Lions Pro Bowler, T Lomas Brown.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee announces Local Food for Healthy Families Act while at Saginaw Farmers Market

Aug 26, 2013 @ 1:51 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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SAGINAW, MI — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, stopped by the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market to announce the Local Food for Healthy Families Act he plans to introduce in Congress next month.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Kildee to Announce New Legislation

Aug 23, 2013 @ 7:06 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Contact: Mitchell Rivard, (202) 595-4885, mitchell.rivard@mail.house.gov

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Congressman Dan Kildee to Announce New Legislation to Promote Locally Grown Foods and Healthy Families at Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market Friday

Double Up Food Bucks visits the SEIU Health Fair

Aug 22, 2013 @ 7:45 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Fair Food Network (FFN) is currently engaged in an innovative pilot program that seeks to integrate the highly successful Double Up Food Bucks, program into three independent grocery stores. In this pilot program, FFN will provide Bridge Card recipients who shop at one of three stores (Honey Bee Market, Southwest Detroit; Mike’s Fresh market on Gratiot Eastside Detroit; and Metro FoodLand, Northwest Detroit) with a $10.00 reward card that can be used toward purchase of Michigan grown fruits and vegetables when they spend $10.00 on any fresh produce using their SNAP benefits.

Vilsack: Pilot program shows SNAP incentive increases consumption of produce

Aug 20, 2013 @ 11:31 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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A small increase in the amount of money that food stamp beneficiaries could spend on fruits and vegetables leads to a 25 percent increase in the amount of consumption of produce, according to a report Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released today.

TMSG: Locals Save With Double-Up Food Bucks Program

Aug 20, 2013 @ 9:30 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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LANSING, Mich. (WLSN) - Chris Keith has a sweet nickname, "the blueberry lady," but a healthy gameplan when it comes to shopping.

"It's very important for my family to eat healthy. My kids are my babies. I want them to grow up to be big and strong and eating fresh fruit and vegetables is a part of that," said Keith.

TODAY: FFN Hosts Detroit Telephone Town Hall on Healthy Food Access

Aug 8, 2013 @ 8:29 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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With the expansion of the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program into grocery stores, Fair Food Network is hosting its second telephone town hall for Detroit residents to discuss affordable, healthy food options using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Last December, more than 7,500 Detroiters participated in the first telephone town hall.

Double Up Food Bucks Expands to Grocery Stores

Aug 1, 2013 @ 1:13 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Earlier today, USDA announced the results of the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) and additional efforts to empower low-income families with the knowledge and skills they need to purchase and prepare healthy foods using SNAP benefits. To make the announcement, Secretary Vilsack conducted a call with Dr. Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Fair Food Network. Read more about Dr. Hesterman’s work and Fair Food Network’s project to improve SNAP recipients’ access to locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in metropolitan Detroit below.

Healthy Incentives Pilot Shows Small Investment Leads to Big Impact

Aug 1, 2013 @ 1:01 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Earlier today, Secretary Vilsack announced the results of the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP), a pilot project designed to test the impact of incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases among SNAP recipients. The pilot showed that an ongoing investment of less than 15 cents per person per day may result in a 25 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption among adults. Adults receiving the HIP incentive consumed, on average, an ounce more fruits and vegetables per day than non-participants.

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