Food Access

SNAP Benefits Get Government Boost, Find Out How ‘Double Bucks’ Work

Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:10 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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SNAP benefits are about to get a boost in a way that will give some a healthy sigh of relief. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is doubling up with something new.

Local Double Up Food Bucks program first in country to go digital, reduce lost benefits

Jan 14, 2015 @ 9:47 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Fulton Street Farmers Market is part of a handful of markets participating in the Double Up Food Bucks push to transition from token payment method to electronic.
 

Deadline nears for incentive funds to increase produce consumption

Jan 14, 2015 @ 9:26 AM by FFN with [0] comments
The deadline to submit an application for the first round of funding under the farm bill’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program is Dec. 15. The program enables nonprofit and government agencies to partner with food retailers to stretch the food stamp dollars of recipients if they purchase fruits and vegetables.
 

Incentives Meet Grocery: A Q&A With SpartanNash

Dec 11, 2014 @ 9:57 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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In 2013, Fair Food Network brought our experience implementing incentives at farmers markets to the places where the majority of people buy the majority of their food the majority of the time: grocery stores
 

5 Highlights from 2014 Double Up Season

Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:16 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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THANK YOU for a great Double Up Food Bucks Season!  
 

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.

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