Senior Policy Director Mark Nicholson shares the win-win-win potential of nutrition incentives to add significant profits for fruit and vegetable producers, while also improving nutrition security for Americans.
From the Field Blog
From Capital- to Community-first Mindset in Impact Investing
Despite good intentions by impact investors, capital is still not reaching everyone equally, especially in communities of color. Dig in to learn why we’re shifting from capital-first to community-first investing and explore how this shift can accelerate our collective journey towards justice.
We teamed up with Nourish Colorado to explore the impact of Denver's explosive growth & gentrification on neighborhood grocers and identify policy & partnership solutions to help these grocers retool and adapt.
People in Nutrition Incentive Programs Eat More Produce Than the Average Person, and Other Insights From the 2021 HUB Convening
New research shows that people who participate in nutrition incentive programs eat MORE fruits & veggies. Dig in for a recap of these exciting results plus our reflections on this year's Nutrition Incentive Hub annual convening.
Daily Table is on a mission to make healthy food affordable for families across Massachusetts and beyond. We were thrilled to expand our partnership with Daily Table, which launched Double Up Food Bucks in 2018, to now include financing through the Fair Food Fund.
Since 2010, Detroit Soul's Jerome Brown & Samuel Van Buren have grown their healthful, homestyle cooking business from catering to carryout. See how we teamed up with Michigan Good Food Fund partner Detroit Development Fund to de-risk this investment and help this business grow.
After six years and many hurdles, the North Flint Food Market broke ground this August. Dig into our latest story from the field to see how Pastor Reginald Flynn’s tenacity and grit brought this store to life, to not only feed the people of Flint, but to serve as a blueprint for food sovereignty across the country.
Dig into two new impact reports highlighting sparks of innovation and resilience across our impact investing and nutrition incentives work in 2020.
Our Fair Food Network team is growing! We asked our newest staff members about a topic near and dear to our hearts (fruits and veggies) and picked their brains on what they’ve been reading, listening to, and watching.
In this quarterly report, we’re excited to announce our first Collateral Initiative with Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union (MHFCU) in support of a woman-owned farm in Freedom, Maine. Plus: Our team is growing!
Hear from Policy Director Mark Nicholson on the ways SNAP and nutrition incentives help us address nutrition insecurity.
We launched two new websites for Double Up Food Bucks this winter, helping shoppers learn about the program nationally and in Michigan more easily than ever before.
People across our food system from farm to fork have been working tirelessly this past year. We talked with Joe Gappy, a Detroit grocery store owner, about his experience during a time defined by uncertainty.
In this quarterly report, we’re excited to announce a NEW investment in Chelsea Business Foundation, a nonprofit supporting Latino-led and small businesses in Chelsea, MA, a partnership with portfolio company Five Acre Farms bringing fresh milk and eggs from Northeast farmers to area food banks, and our new role stepping up to lead the statewide Michigan Good Food Fund initiative.
Dig into a new study that models the economic return of SNAP incentives as they scale.
Join us on a journey as we lift up signs of resilience that show what’s possible when we harness the power of food to transform our communities for good.
In this quarterly report, we’re excited to announce a new investment in Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, the only full-service, sit-down, 100% African American-owned restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Hear Genevia Harvey's unique perspective on Double Up Food Bucks as both a shopper and a farm vendor.
We partnered with StoryCorps and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to lift up the voices behind SNAP in America. Working with an independent artist, we’ve brought some of the stories to life in a new animated series that provide an intimate look at what food insecurity looks like in our country.
Meet Quiana (Que) Broden, an entrepreneur on a mission to deliver locally sourced, healthy food to Detroiters before, during, and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today and every day, Fair Food Network is committed to standing together to build a more equitable and just tomorrow. Read our full statement.
The world is changing with COVID-19 and so are we. See how we’re pivoting work in incentives and impacting investing to support communities at this time. Read more.
A letter from our founder and CEO, Oran B. Hesterman.
The Senate farm bill was passed with bipartisan support and includes victories for American farmers and families. Watch our NEW VIDEO and see why we're behind this bill.
Take a trip with us to see how we reimagined the Double Up marketing campaign with the goal to grab the attention of SNAP shoppers online and off.
From the east coast to the west and deep in America's heartland, there's one thing that unites us all: the belief that good food changes everything.
Heard of business boot camps and want to know more? Follow the journey of a good food entrepreneur through these photos.
Meet the growers, grocers, and community leaders that are bringing Double Up to America's heartland.
Farm Bill conversations happened in communities across the country in 2017. One common theme that cut across geographies? The power of SNAP incentives.
We're helping grow stronger farm to grocer ties in New Hampshire with partner Red Tomato.
Grocers across the nation are bringing Double Up Food Bucks to their stores. Learn what’s behind this next frontier of SNAP incentives.
Double Up is in groceries in small towns and big cities nationwide. See photos in action.
Hear from entrepreneurs who are reimagining our food system from field to fork.
How a craft oil company is transforming our food system from the ground up.
Five Acre Farms takes the “buy local” and meets customers where they are—the grocery store—with farm fresh, sustainably produced food.
WorldPEAS Food Hub realized it needed to re-think its business plan to get back on its feet and become financially self-sustaining. Follow its journey through Fair Food Fund's intensive Business Boot Camp for good food entrepreneurs.
What happens when you’ve got a brilliant idea, put it into action, and then realize you need to pivot? That’s what happened with the young food entrepreneurs behind Fresh Food Generation.
How a consultant’s streamlining helped an organic farm tidy up its business (and its barn).
A grass-fed dairy in upstate New York gets ready to grow with consulting support from Fair Food Fund.
When the Pickup, a local food grocery delivery and wholesale distribution business in Skowhegan, Maine launched, it looked a little different than it does today.
A strange intersection of events led to the success of Urban Farm Fermentory, a Portland, Maine, business that’s been producing and selling kombucha, hard cider, mead, and gruit-style beer made from Maine-sourced ingredients since 2010.
We sat down with some of the families, farmers, market managers, store owners, and others that make Double Up Food Bucks a success in Michigan and now in communities across America. Hear their stories in this series: Voices of Double Up in America.
Hear from one Double Up shopper on how this healthy food incentive program helped her family during a time of need, and in the process, changed the way they eat forever.
Double Up is not only getting more healthy food to those in need, but helping a family farm makes ends meet. Hear from one Amish farmer from a small town in western Michigan.
SNAP incentives can support the financial viability of farmers markets by bringing in new customers and boosting vendor sales. Hear from one market manager on the difference this program has had for her market.
Helping more Americans buy more fresh produce is great from a business perspective and it benefits the community. Hear from a grocery leader on why they brought Double Up to their stores.
For some low-income Americans, their food budget is determined by the SNAP benefits they receive. Double Up is helping one shopper in Oklahoma double her food dollars for fresh food.
A local group incubated by area business leaders launched Double Up to boost the health and economic vitality of the state. Hear from a community leader about this work.
Double Up is not only meeting critical hunger and nutrition needs, but also increasing farmer income, helping beginning farmers be financially viable, and stimulating rural economies. Hear one farmers' story.
Healthy food incentives are helping level the playing field, while producing long-term health dividends. Hear from a healthcare funder on why she's behind Double Up.
Your product is delicious, the market for it is exploding, and your business is thriving. You are ready for expansion, but you need capital. Enter Fair Food Fund.
With a 4,000 year history and the nickname “Food of the Gods,” lassi comes well recommended.
On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $31 million in funding to support healthy food incentive projects in communities nationwide. Published with Altarum Institute.
Most people don’t think about the revolutionary potential of salad. But Radicle Farm Company is taking a fresh approach.
A Q&A with Fair Food Business Bootcamp instructor and professor Jay Friedlander with his tips for good food entrepreneurs and other thoughts on growing the good food economy.
How Maine’s Northern Girl is reinvigorating the local food economy one beet at a time.
A conversation with SpartanNash leadership on why they're excited to bring Double Up Food Bucks to their stores.
125+ farmers markets, 6 grocery stores, a network of other sites, and our five year anniversary. See highlights.
An overview of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants program established in the 2014 Farm Bill.
A Q&A with our partner at Field & Fork Network on launching Double Up in Western New York.