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Posted Jul 1, 2013 @ 8:46 AM
The Senate again passed a Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan majority on June 10, but any momentum that caused was lost in the last hours of debate in the House of Representatives, and that chamber voted down its bill just 9 days later. Once again Congress approaches July 4 with no clear path...
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Posted Jun 25, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
Sitting in an office decorated with food-related art right above the Detroit Future City location in Eastern Market is the Fair Food Network. The location seems only right. Detroit Future City is a vision … a strategic framework … for the city. An essential part of that is ensuring...
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Posted Jun 25, 2013 @ 8:41 AM
Some are upset the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a proposed Farm Bill Thursday that would have lopped off more than $20 billion in food stamp funding over the next 10 years.
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Posted Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:13 AM
Getting fresh, nutritious, affordable food to the people of Michigan can be a challenge, especially in the state’s economically struggling cities. According to the nonprofit Feeding America, the state has a 17.9 percent rate of food insecurity, a rough measurement of families who aren't...
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Posted Jun 17, 2013 @ 12:56 PM
In recent years, programs that double the value of food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets have generated a lot of attention. The basic idea: Spend, say, $10 in food stamps and get an extra $10 credit for purchases at the market.
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Posted Jun 17, 2013 @ 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON — Adding a few Detroit grocers to the dozens of farmers markets that double the amount food stamp recipients can spend on Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables may seem like small potatoes, but some local advocates believe it could be the leading edge of a new effort in the fresh...
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Posted Jun 14, 2013 @ 8:14 AM
Pilot is nation’s first to incentivize fruit and vegetable purchases with SNAP benefits in grocery stores CHICAGO—Fair Food Network today announced a pioneering initiative that will double the value of SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, when used for fresh produce in...
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Posted Jun 11, 2013 @ 8:49 AM
This blog is 3/3 in a series related to Altarum Institute Health Policy Forum's most recent roundtable on healthy eating habits in the SNAP program.  To see the roundtable or get additional information, please click here.
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Posted May 23, 2013 @ 10:20 AM
Dr. Hesterman was one of the speakers at Altarum’s recent roundtable on encouraging healthy food choices in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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Posted May 22, 2013 @ 1:30 PM
Last week, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees both passed a Farm Bill, and on Monday, May 20, debate on the Senate Ag Committee bill (S. 954 The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act) began in the full Senate. The full House is expected to take up its Ag Committee’s bill (H.R. 1947...