Food Access

How a nonprofit is helping Michigan family farmers

Aug 11, 2014 @ 1:46 PM by FFN with [0] comments
Christian Science Monitor Logo

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
Fair Food Network Image
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
The Packer Logo

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.

Program lets low-income clients double up on nutrition

Jun 25, 2014 @ 9:06 AM by FFN with [0] comments
Buffalo News Logo

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
Altarum Logo

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
SpartanNash Logo

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
Fair Food Network Image
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
Fair Food Network Image
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
AgriPulse Logo

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.

Syndicate content