Apr 03, 2014 @ 08:12am

General info and program basics for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program included in the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Jan 09, 2014 @ 04:14pm

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.

Nov 21, 2013 @ 03:23pm

This report summarizes results of a two-year cluster evaluation of four organizations—Fair Food Network, Wholesome Wave,, and Roots of Change—that offer healthy food incentives at more than 500 farmers’ markets in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the study was...

Jun 21, 2013 @ 02:26pm

The 20% Shift - Infographic
The Economic Benefits of Food Localization for Michigan and The Capital Required to Realize Them

by Michael Shuman

View this infographic summary of our full report - showing the economic impacts the state of Michigan would enjoy through a 20% shift toward local food.

May 14, 2013 @ 11:00am

Fair Food Network completed an evaluation of its Double Up Food Bucks incentive program for 2012. This one page summary provides a quick overview of the results.


May 09, 2013 @ 01:48pm

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.

May 09, 2013 @ 01:31pm

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...

Apr 16, 2013 @ 01:08pm

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...

Feb 05, 2013 @ 05:37pm

This infographic is a great snapshot of the results of FFN's Strenthening Detroit Voices Telephone Town Hall.

Jan 03, 2013 @ 11:03am

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


Jan 03, 2013 @ 10:40am

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.

Written by Paula...

Jan 03, 2013 @ 10:26am

The California Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CHFFI) is a public-private partnership program that was created to increase access to healthy foods in underserved, urban, and rural communities and inspire innovation in healthy food retailing.

Jan 03, 2013 @ 09:16am

As part of FFN's Strenthening Detroit Voices project, FFN reached out to low-income families hampered by an inability to access healthy food in Detroit by experimenting with Telephone Town Hall technology that engaged the maximum number of vulnerable households in an interactive event. Learn more about how FFN conducted the event and some of the results.

Dec 13, 2012 @ 11:49am

This report summarizes initial results of a cluster evaluation of four organizations - Fair Food Network, Market Umbrella, Roots of Change, and Wholesome Wave - that offer SNAP incentives at farmers’ markets. The goal of the evaluation is to help inform further investments in SNAP incentives that have the potential to increase access to healthy food for low income consumers, improve the economic viability of farmers, and strengthen...

Nov 29, 2012 @ 09:50am

Fair Food Network has been working with the Food Research and Action Center, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and PolicyLink as part of The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative. This report summarizes the results of our work together to advance a vibrant, healthy, and economically sustainable food system that supports both consumers and producers through Farm Bill policy.

Nov 01, 2012 @ 12:31pm

In urban communities across America, urban agriculture is taking root as an innovative solution to increase access to healthy food while, at the same time, revitalizing the economic and social health of communities. Growing Urban Agriculture, a report by PolicyLink, details the benefits of this new trend, lists many of the common challenges and solutions, and presents policy recommendations for further growing an equitable movement.

Jul 03, 2012 @ 01:43pm

This Review of U.S. Farm Programs from @AGree is a great resource to gain a common understanding of the complex issues and policies related to food and agricultural policy.


Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:09am

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).

May 23, 2013 @ 01:04pm

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. 

Speakers include:

Dec 13, 2012 @ 09:10am

Fair Food Network hosted a Telephone Town Hall on December 5, 2012 to engage Detroiters in a conversation about the issues they face putting healthy food on their table.

Vickie Thomas from WWJ Newradio 950 moderated the conversation between Detroiters and our guest panelists Oran Hesterman (Fair Food Network), DeWayne Wells (Gleaners Food Bank), and Eric Davis (United Way).

The following is a recording of the live event.