Fair Food Network received $5.1 million from the USDA to expand Double Up Food Bucks in Michigan. The grant, provided by the new Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants program, will be matched with private funds for a total of nearly $10.4 million.
DETROIT (AP) - Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is scheduled to visit Detroit’s Eastern Market as part of National Farmers Market Week.
Murthy will speak Saturday with local families and farmers who benefit from Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program.
First posted by Associate Press on August 1, 2015.
The Fair Food Network says it will use a $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program.
The program helps residents receiving food assistance benefits purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through a dollar matching system.
Access to fresh, healthy food as an economic development driver is becoming part of the picture in Michigan with the launch of Michigan Good Food Fund in June.
This statewide loan and grant fund will provide financing and business assistance to benefit communities with good food and economic opportunity, by offering funding from a broad sector of stakeholders, nonprofits, and philanthropist groups. The coalition is looking to support businesses to aggregate and distribute fresh produce in underserved communities while simultaneously building local economies.