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Posted Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:36 PM
Anyone who’s been to the grocery store recently knows how expensive food can be and, usually, the healthier the food, the more it costs. So how do you encourage low-income families getting federal food assistance to eat more fruits and vegetables? You start by doubling their money.
Farm Bill PCC Trust
Posted Aug 16, 2012 @ 8:12 AM
After a flurry of activity, Congress closed shop for five weeks on August 3 without passing either a new five-year farm bill or legislation to address the immediate drought crisis. The stumbling blocks are the same ones that have stymied many bills during the bitterly divided 112th Congress. In the...
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Posted Aug 15, 2012 @ 7:29 AM
As summer’s bounty of farm-fresh produce continues to fill market stands, Fair Food Network (FFN) celebrated the third year of its Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in the Kent County area. One month after the Detroit launch at Eastern Market, FFN staff traveled west to Grand Rapids’...
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Posted Jul 25, 2012 @ 8:42 AM
Randi Dale and her 15-year-old daughter walked away from the farmers market in Battle Creek on Wednesday with bags full of locally-grown corn, cantaloupe, peaches and cucumbers. But instead of cash, the Battle Creek resident made her purchase with a different type of currency — tokens,...
Farm Bill PCC Trust
Posted Jul 24, 2012 @ 12:36 PM
In the early hours of July 12, the House Agriculture Committee passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 6083 AKA the Farm Bill) on a bipartisan vote of 35-11.
Malik Yakini
Posted Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:58 PM
Meet Malik Yakini, Co-Founder, and Executive Director Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
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Posted Jul 19, 2012 @ 2:13 PM
Congress is planning to cut up to $16 billion from low-income food aid over the next five years. But research shows that every dollar spent on assistance pays for itself and grows the economy. Cherries and berries for sale at the Westmoreland Berry Farm stand at the Arlington Farmers' Market in...
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Posted Jul 19, 2012 @ 1:54 PM
A little boy, seven or eight years old, walks up to the farmers’ market stall in Grand Rapids and asks for some “bubblegum plums and blackberries.” Full of confidence, he hands over tokens that double the value of his family’s food stamp benefits and tells the farmer:...
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Posted Jul 19, 2012 @ 1:16 PM
What do you get when you mix 17 Fair Food Network (FFN) volunteers, 8 FFN staff, 7 community organizers, 4 market managers, and the one and only Detroit Eastern Market together? You guessed it—the 2012 Double Up Food Bucks Summer Launch Celebration!