making a difference in Michigan

Not all news is bad. Here is some significantly good news from Michigan.

With over 40 million of United States citizens living in poverty and facing hunger on a regular basis we need more of these types of innovative outreach programs. This is definitely a win-win for all those involved.

Fair Food Network Receives $5.1M to Scale up Successful Program Benefitting Low-Income Families & Farmers 

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow hails Double Up Food Bucks as “innovative partnership”

APRIL 1, 2015 | ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Fair Food Network announced today that it received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand Double Up Food Bucks, Michigan’s statewide healthy food incentive program that simultaneously increases access to healthy food for low-income Americans and puts more money in the pockets of family farmers.

The grant, provided by the new Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants program, will be matched with private funds for a total of nearly $10.4 million.

The funds will be used to better serve participants on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) by expanding the program to more farmers markets and grocery store locations across Michigan and supporting new technology and other innovations.

“We’ve proven that Double Up successfully boosts family nutrition and farmer earnings,” said Oran Hesterman, president and CEO of Fair Food Network and a former farmer, agronomist, and leader in philanthropy. “With this funding, we’ll reach even more people, supporting healthy food environments and resilient rural and urban communities.”

Partners in other states, including Utah and Oregon, also received FINI funding to launch their own Double Up programs with assistance from Fair Food Network.