Food Access

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. 

Glimmers of recovery in Detroit retail scene

Jul 9, 2014 @ 1:41 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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DETROIT — Before I visited The Motor City, I had a visual of abandoned buildings and urban food deserts.

After I spent the day seeing stores and talking to motivated, energetic people committed to increasing fresh produce consumption, I have to admit their enthusiasm is contagious.

Small Plates: Five Personal Stories of Food Insecurity in Metropolitan Detroit

Led by Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, this project was developed to give voice to the thousands of people in southeastern Michigan who face food insecurity. It tracked five individuals for six months pulling from in-depth interviews and time spent in their homes and going shopping together. The final report shares their stories and explores the real struggles people in our community face.

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