On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1321, a bill we have been pushing hard for. The Farm Bill contains money to incentivize SNAP (food stamp) recipients to buy fresh produce at farmers’ markets. AB 1321 sets up the framework for California to attract those federal funds, which will make healthy eating choices more… Read more »
After months of being unjustly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Daniel Maher, Ecology Center’s Recycling Director, has been returned where he belongs – at home among family and friends, and at work in service to our community. Daniel was freed on Friday, August 14th, to much celebration and relief, after over two months… Read more »
Beyond the bin, there’s a huge, global system of waste, transportation, processing, and recycling. It’s a big business in part because we’re generating so much material. As many local cities work toward ambitious zero waste goals, the volume of recycling and compost will go up. But what rate payers and cities pay for those services… Read more »
From media to policy pathways, our program Market Match continues to gain exciting traction. The program was covered by KQED’s California Report, highlighting how the program works to help low-income shoppers afford healthy fruits & vegetables, and helps farmers increase their sales to make ends meet. At the same time, the piece shared how the… Read more »
Market Match is up and running at our three weekly farmers’ markets. This means that CalFresh recipients can come to the farmers’ markets to spend their benefits and get them matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 per visit, to spend on fruits and vegetables. Visit FMFinder.org to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts EBT,… Read more »
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