Food Access

New Mexico fruit and vegetable farmers get boost from FINI program

Jul 27, 2015 @ 6:42 PM by FFN with [0] comments
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, which provides thousands of families double the buying power for the purchase of fresh vegetables and fruits from local farmers markets
New Mexico's fruit and vegetable farmers and the state's low-income consumers are applauding the success of a USDA program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, which provides thousands of families double the buying power for the purchase of fresh vegetables and fruits from local farmers markets.

Roberts: Food stamps at the farmers’ market

Jul 27, 2015 @ 6:36 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Giving healthy bonuses for nutritious food
TAKOMA PARK, MD. - Sometimes a simple idea makes so much sense, you have to wonder: Why didn't folks think of this sooner?
Here's an excellent example: Increase the value of federal nutrition benefits, such as food stamps, if families use the extra money to buy healthy options like fresh fruit and vegetables, especially at farmers' markets.

The Double Up Experience in Rural Michigan

Fair Food Network works at the intersection of food systems, sustainability, and social equity to develop solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food – especially in underserved communities. Double Up Food Bucks (Double Up), a project of Fair Food Network, matches SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits spent at participating retail locations with additional funds for the purchase of fresh Michigan grown fruits and vegetables. The Double Up program began in five Detroit farmers’ markets in 2009 and has expanded to more than 150 farmers’ markets, mobile markets, food share programs, and grocery stores around the state. This is the second of a series of papers that will look at three years of program data through a variety of lenses and discuss their implications for policy.

Closing the Broccoli Gap

Jun 9, 2015 @ 12:21 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Ten years ago, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene invented Health Bucks, a program designed to help the city’s poor to eat more vegetables and fruit. City agencies and community groups distributed Health Bucks in high-poverty areas. If you spent $5 in food stamps at a farmers market, the Health Bucks program would give you a coupon for $2, which you could use or save.

Michigan Farmers Markets Make Food Stamps Worth Twice As Much As Regular Money

May 18, 2015 @ 8:55 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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The poor get access to healthy food and farmers markets make more money. Win-win.

Fresh Food Access

Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:10 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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Making things and growing things are Michigan specialties. From industry to apples, we have a history of taking something good and making it even better.
And when our state comes up with an idea that can help the rest of the country, we want to share it.

USDA Funding Grows Healthy Food Incentive Programming Nationwide

Apr 15, 2015 @ 8:07 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $31 million in funding to support healthy food incentive projects in communities nationwide.

Farmers markets bring healthy choices to low-income shoppers: USDA program benefits SNAP users

Feb 2, 2015 @ 2:45 PM by FFN with [0] comments
Farmers markets fill many roles in U.S. communities: They serve as a neighborhood hub, put farmers face-to-face with consumers and connect shoppers with fresh locally, grown produce.
Over the past six years, many markets have also played another larger role: providing fruits and vegetables to low-income Americans via the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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.
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