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Local Food Economy

Mar 25, 2014 @ 8:34 AM by FFN with [0] comments

Battle Creek, Michigan maps out its local food economy and celebrates second Good Food Summit March 29

Battle Creek, Michigan, has joined the ranks of other communities nationwide in profiling the community’s food system from farm to plate. Both the report and an executive summary are now available online.

Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling

Mar 11, 2014 @ 2:36 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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WASHINGTON — The farm bill signed by President Obama last month was at first glance the usual boon for soybean growers, catfish farmers and their ilk. But closer examination reveals that the nation’s agriculture policy is increasingly more whole grain than white bread.

2014 Farm Bill Passes Senate

Feb 5, 2014 @ 9:47 AM by FFN with [2] comments
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Sen. Stabenow praises inclusion of healthy food incentives for increasing access to healthy food, supporting farmers and local economies.

Farm bill contains farmers market program that food advocates for poor see as hopeful

Feb 4, 2014 @ 11:15 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Buried in more than 900 pages of the new farm bill is a small nationwide program that will ­allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets.

New Nationwide Study Shows SNAP Incentives at Farmers’ Markets Boost Healthy Eating, Support Farmers, and Grow Local Economies

Jan 6, 2014 @ 11:54 AM by FFN with [3] comments
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A new nationwide study shows that healthy food incentive programs at farmers’ markets significantly boost healthy eating in low-income communities, improve the economic viability of farmers, and strengthen local economies.

Food stamp spending grows at Midwest farmers markets

Jan 3, 2014 @ 7:51 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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In 2013, the amount of money spent at farmers markets by food stamp recipients grew in the Midwest.

And the number of farmers markets that accept food stamps experienced a 79 percent increase.

Detroit Goes to Washington

Oct 22, 2013 @ 4:24 PM by FFN with [0] comments

Q&A with Rep. Stallworth on Strengthening Detroit Voices’ Trip to Washington, D.C.

This September, Fair Food Network’s Strengthening Detroit Voices (SDV) team visited our nation’s capital to meet with policymakers and share firsthand the issues Detroiters face every day accessing healthy food.

Lions Teach Kids To Eat Healthy At Eastern Market

Oct 1, 2013 @ 12:49 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Lions are helping take kids through their paces — in a program intended to keep them healthy . Students from Spain Elementary were in Detroit on Tuesday in Eastern Market, having fun and learning to make healthy food choices.

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Joe Nader, Exec. Chef at Ford Field. (WWJ/Pat Sweeting)

Detroit Lions help vulnerable families get more fresh produce—and offer a chance to win VIP tickets for Thanksgiving Day game

Sep 17, 2013 @ 11:40 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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For Immediate Release—Sept. 17, 2013

Double Up Food Bucks sweepstakes encourages Bridge Card users in Detroit to eat healthier

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Detroit Lions are teaming up with Fair Food Network to bring more fresh produce to Detroit Bridge Card users—and a chance to win tickets to the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.

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.

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