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Posted Aug 28, 2014 @ 12:10 PM
Five years ago when food activist Oran Hesterman started the “Double Up Food Bucks” experiment in Michigan to increase the fruit and vegetable purchasing power of food stamp beneficiaries at farmers markets, a lot of people thought the idea might be too complicated to work.
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Posted Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:28 PM
A new study of the Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program shows incentives that boost local fruit and vegetable purchases for food stamp participants are effective.
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Posted Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:18 PM
In Michigan, an innovative program brings more locally grown fruits and vegetables to residents living on food stamps.  
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Posted Aug 19, 2014 @ 10:01 AM
DETROIT — Smiles. That's what I see when I talk to people about Double Up Food Bucks. From the grower at the historic Eastern Market packing up bags of local strawberries, to the shopper with the fruits and vegetables he purchased using his Double Up tokens, to the single-store operator...
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Posted Aug 18, 2014 @ 10:54 AM
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   
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Posted Aug 14, 2014 @ 3:53 PM
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...
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Posted Aug 11, 2014 @ 1:46 PM
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.
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Posted Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:21 PM
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...
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Posted Jul 9, 2014 @ 1:41 PM
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.
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Posted Jun 25, 2014 @ 9:06 AM
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...