This is the first post in a series about our partners in the Double Up Food Bucks program. Stay tuned to learn more about the many committed individuals and organizations it takes to make DUFB fly.
For the last three years, the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and its parent organization, Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), have organized two farmers’ markets each summer on the Capitol Lawn, bringing farmers and food producers from all over the state together to showcase the strength and diversity of Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.
Incentives are often referred to as “carrots.” But the Fair Food Network is also counting on broccoli, peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, and green beans.
With its Double Up Food Bucks program, the Ann Arbor, Mich., nonprofit organization seeks to improve poor communities’ access to healthy, nutritious food while at the same time aiding Michigan’s farmers and rural economy.
Fair Food Network completed an evaluation of its Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) incentive program for 2011. This report, a part of a three-year evaluation, is assessing DUFB's effectiveness in leveraging federal SNAP resources to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables for shoppers on federal food assistance while strengthening and diversifying farm economies.
Rachel Chadderdon, Double Up Food Bucks Project Manager, speaks at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market on Tuesday September 7th. Double Up Food Bucks matches food stamp dollars spent at farmers market for Michigan fruits and vegetables up to $20 a market day.
According to the Michigan Food Stamp Calculator, a single person earning $1,000 in Social Security income a month, with a $300 monthly rent payment, would be eligible for $66 in food stamp benefits that month.
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