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...
Since 2009, Fair Food Network has been building the Double Up Food Bucks SNAP fruit and vegetable incentive program in Michigan from its modest beginning in five Detroit farmers’ markets that year. This summer, Double Up will be offered in 142 markets, farmstands, mobile markets and food share programs and at least 19 grocery and corner stores around the state.
Fair Food Network has been working with the Food Research and Action Center, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, PolicyLink, and regional partners as part of The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC) with the goal to promote healthy food and healthy economies through the advancement of four policy priorities:
A new competitive grants program with the goal to increase the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables among SNAP participants. Check out our primer below and visit the USDA website to learn more.
This report shares how our Double Up Food Bucks program grew from a small pilot in Detroit to a statewide success story that supported more than 200,000 low-income families and more than 1,000 farmers in 2013 alone, and has had a greater than $5 million effect on Michigan’s economy.
This report also compiles evaluation work, breaks down what makes the Double Up model unique, and highlights innovations—from the grocery to...
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...
Black Family Development, Inc.’s developed “Project Local,” a step-by-step guide to help deepen relationships between school districts, urban gardens, and farmers markets. The goal? To increase the purchase of locally grown products in schools. The guide has already been shared with a number of school districts, community organizations, school health stakeholders, and...
Detroit is a national leader in urban farming. Yet challenges persist for urban growers. The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network convened the city’s urban farmers to identify the top policy points impacting their work. From animal husbandry to tax breaks on land used for urban ag, this report outlines what’s needed to strengthen urban farming in Detroit.
This community food assessment (CFA) grew from conversations in 2010 with
members of Good Food BC, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Fair Food Network and
the Michigan State University C.S. Mott Group. When the idea took root, Fair
Food Network issued a grant to support the effort.
This report summarizes results of a two-year cluster evaluation of four organizations—Fair Food Network, Wholesome Wave, marketumbrella.org, and Roots of Change—that offer healthy food incentives at more than 500 farmers’ markets in 24 states and the...
Fair Food Network completed an evaluation of its Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) incentive program for 2012. 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.
The 20% Shift The Economic Benefits of Food Localization for Michigan and The Capital Required to Realize Them
by Michael Shuman
This report, sponsored by Fair Food Network, evaluates the economic impacts the state of Michigan would enjoy through a 20% shift toward local food. A “20% shift” means that for each food sector, a fifth of all non-local...
At FFN, we engage with stakeholders from many walks of life: low-income consumers who receive SNAP benefits, health care providers who serve low-income communities, community organizers, national thought leaders, and policymakers. Sustainable agriculture organizations, the antihunger community, the produce lobby, the consumer lobby, religious communities, and public health and health care organizations are critical new allies in Farm Bill...
This article illuminates consumer behavior after healthy foods are reintroduced into a food desert. Empirical evidence from a natural experiment is used to analyze how food desert consumers respond to the introduction of a small store that sells competitively priced, normal quality fresh fruit and vegetables.
Written by Dave D. Weatherspoon, James F. Oehmke, Marcus A. Coleman, Assa Dembele, and Lorraine J. Weatherspoon
As part of a national program to provide funds for improving food environments in areas with limited availability of nutritious and affordable foods, the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture worked with members of the Department of Treasury, and of Health and Human Services, to create a definition of "food deserts" on a Census-tract level. This article provides an overview.
On August 8, 2013, Fair Food Network hosted its second successful Telephone Town Hall to provide a forum for Detroit residents to learn about Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) in farmers’ markets and the program’s expansion to three Detroit grocery stores.
WWJ Radio’s Vickie Thomas moderated the call with guest panelists Oran Hesterman (Fair Food Network), Fiona Ruddy (Detroit Eastern Market), and Auday Arabo (AFPD).
This Altarum Institute Policy Roundtable examined innovative approaches to encourage healthy food choices by SNAP program participants. Also examined: the added economic benefit that can occur when more SNAP dollars are spent on local food and circulate in the local economy.