Food Access

Program lets low-income clients double up on nutrition

Jun 25, 2014 @ 9:06 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Maurice Walters just graduated from Erie Community College culinary school and is looking for a job.

ose Gomez was forced to retire early for a variety of health reasons, including cancer.

Despite their challenges, the two Buffalo men were happy Friday, when they became among the first in the region to experience a new program that will allow food stamp recipients like them to double their money at several farmers’ markets.

I thought it was a good idea, a good deal not to pass up,” said Walters, 32.

Healthy Food for All: 2014 Farm Bill Creates National Healthy Food Incentive Grants

Jun 25, 2014 @ 8:31 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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After a 3-year battle in the U.S. House and Senate, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) was passed on February 4, 2014, securing a bipartisan, 5-year piece of comprehensive legislation that provides a strong foundation for the food security of millions of American families, supports the livelihood of thousands of farmers, and creates a viable infrastructure for the development of sustainable local and regional food systems.

SpartanNash plans SNAP incentive pilot

Jun 25, 2014 @ 8:11 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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CHICAGO — Starting Aug. 1, three SpartanNash stores plan to implement a pilot program to encourage produce purchases through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

The East Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer partnered with the Fair Food Network on its Double Up Food Bucks program, which matches up to $10 fresh produce purchases with a $10 gift card good for Michigan-grown produce.

Meredith Freeman Named W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Fellow

May 28, 2014 @ 4:09 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation names Fair Food Network’s Meredith Freeman as a member of the inaugural class of the WKKF Community Leadership Network
 
The recently launched program supports established and emerging community leaders working to help vulnerable children and their families achieve optimal health and well-being and access good food, academic achievement, and financial security. 
 
 

The good food revolution: Race, economics, and what local means with Detroit activist and educator Malik Yakini

May 13, 2014 @ 10:33 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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More than 130 residents and community leaders gathered in Battle Creek, Michigan late March for the second annual good food summit. 
 
A highlight was the keynote by Detroit-based activist and educator Malik Yakini. Malik is a passionate advocate—equal parts warmth and warrior. And while he is a champion of the good food revolution, Malik sees the work as part of a larger movement for freedom, justice, and equality.
 

Consumer advocates want to make SNAP healthier

Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:17 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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WASHINGTON, APRIL 23, 2014 - Advocates for local and healthy foods are hoping new farm bill funding will create a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that encourages healthier purchases for the more than 46 million people in the program. During the Consumer Federation of America's National Food Policy Conference in Washington yesterday, a panel on the “Future of SNAP” focused on pilot programs that could encourage healthier purchases.

Local Food Economy

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

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