Growing Community Health & Wealth Through Food

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See What’s Possible When We Start with Food

At Fair Food Network, we believe that when we start with food, so much is possible: collaborative solutions, vibrant communities, and new paths forward. Together, we can grow a more equitable, resilient food economy.

How we’re supporting families, farmers, and local economies

First piloted in Michigan in 2009, our Double Up Food Bucks program now serves as a national model for nutrition incentives. Double Up matches SNAP (or food stamp) purchases of fruits and vegetables, helping families with low income bring home more healthy food while boosting business for farmers and food retailers.

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How we’re investing in food businesses creating positive change

We support food and farm businesses with catalytic capital, wrap-around business services, and a commitment to place-based impact investing collectives. We focus our investments on people who are most often overlooked by traditional investors, particularly people who have been marginalized due to their race, ethnicity, and/or gender. Together, we are building a more vibrant, inclusive food economy.

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How we’re partnering with the Nutrition Incentive Hub

Leveraging our experience and lessons learned from building and scaling programs like Double Up Food Bucks, we lead technical assistance and innovation for the Nutrition Incentive Hub, a USDA-supported center launched in partnership with Center for Nutrition and Health Impact. The Hub strengthens nutrition incentive and produce prescription projects across the country.

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Change Is Happening Right Now

From expanding healthy food access through our signature Double Up Food Bucks program, to investing in food and farm businesses across Michigan and the Northeast, our approach is designed to create an immediate impact and long-term systems change.

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Total dollars we invested into communities in 2023.

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Combined SNAP and Double Up sales since 2010.

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Pounds of healthy food purchased with SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks in Michigan over the last 14 years.

Double Up got its start at five farmers markets in Detroit. See how the program has grown over the years, its continued impact, and how you can support these kinds of programs in Michigan and beyond.

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Stories From the Field

A Double Up Michigan Partnership Aims to Help City Grocers

Our Double Up Food Bucks program partnered with Taste the Local Difference to explore new ways to stock Detroit grocery store shelves with Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. This project helps people participating in Double Up bring home more fresh, locally -grown produce. See how the team strengthened connections between local food distribution systems, suppliers, and grocery stores.

When we can better connect the farmer to the retailer to the consumer, we can alleviate a lot of challenges in the community — more dollars into the pockets of farmers, strong local economies, and more healthy food choices for Michigan families.

— Paul Green, Taste the Local Difference

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Reshaping investment norms to fight wealth inequity

Despite the good intentions and creative strategies of impact investors, extreme wealth inequity persists. The climate crisis will only deepen the divide, unless we change quickly. Many impact investors are investing and giving more to meet the challenges of our world. But entrenched relational norms that prioritize capital and transactions over community and relationships are much slower to change.

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Bringing healthy, affordable food to economically disadvantaged Texas families

Much of the work of our policy team is designed to broaden access to healthy foods by expanding nutrition incentive programs to more people in more places. Our team’s partnership with Sustainable Food Center and the American Heart Association, supported by funding by the Dell Foundation, ushered in the most significant geographic expansion of state SNAP nutrition incentive program funding in the South to date.

Texas legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to invest in nutrition.

— Alex Canepa, Assoc. Director of Policy, Fair Food Network

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