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Fighting food insecurity in Detroit

Sep 23, 2015 @ 6:39 AM by FFN with [0] comments
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When a child becomes unhealthy early in life, everyone shoulders the burden – the wealthy and the poor, the black and the white, you and me.
 
The child herself could be faced with chronic issues related to being overweight or malnourished: sickness, poor school performance, missed school days, low self-esteem, lack of energy, and the list goes on.
 
These issues have long-term implications for how much a young person will contribute to society – or deplete from the public coffers. In short, society pays for the cost of hunger and food insecurity.

US Surgeon General Murthy to visit Detroit’s Eastern Market

Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:27 PM by FFN with [0] comments
 
DETROIT (AP) - Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is scheduled to visit Detroit’s Eastern Market as part of National Farmers Market Week.
 
Murthy will speak Saturday with local families and farmers who benefit from Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program.
 
First posted by Associate Press on August 1, 2015.

Double Up Food Bucks program gets boost from USDA

Aug 31, 2015 @ 12:15 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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The Fair Food Network says it will use a $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program.

The program helps residents receiving food assistance benefits purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through a dollar matching system.

Michigan Good Food Fund Looks to Finance the Local Food Chain

Aug 17, 2015 @ 2:17 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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Access to fresh, healthy food as an economic development driver is becoming part of the picture in Michigan with the launch of Michigan Good Food Fund in June.
 
This statewide loan and grant fund will provide financing and business assistance to benefit communities with good food and economic opportunity, by offering funding from a broad sector of stakeholders, nonprofits, and philanthropist groups. The coalition is looking to support businesses to aggregate and distribute fresh produce in underserved communities while simultaneously building local economies.

Muskegon Farmers Market sold $500K of fruits and veggies to needy families through program

Jul 27, 2015 @ 7:01 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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MUSKEGON, MI - The Muskegon Farmer's market and Michigan program called Double Up Food Bucks have helped local farmer sell an estimated half a million dollars' worth of fresh, locally-grown produce since 2012.
 
Double Up Food Bucks, a program of the Ann-Arbor-based Fair Food Network, gives privately-donated matching dollars to food stamps recipients when they buy locally-grown fresh produce at farmers markets and some grocery stores.
 

New Mexico fruit and vegetable farmers get boost from FINI program

Jul 27, 2015 @ 6:42 PM by FFN with [0] comments
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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.

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