Take Action: Support Nutrition Incentive Funding in California

Take Action: Support Nutrition Incentive Funding in California
Last year, the State passed a terrific bill, AB 1321. It established a program that makes fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable for low-income families, and drives revenue to California’s small and mid-sized farms. It also attracts matching funds from the Federal Government. Problem is, this win-win-win program isn’t funded! Spring means budget season in… Read more »

Soda Politics Book Launch: An Evening with Marion Nestle, 11/4/15

Soda Politics Book Launch: An Evening with Marion Nestle, 11/4/15
It’s been one year since Berkeley passed the groundbreaking soda tax. The efforts of that campaign is recognized in a new book Soda Politics by a national thought-leader on public health policies, Marion Nestle. She will be giving a free talk in Berkeley this Wednesday evening at the David Brower Center, make sure you get… Read more »

Ecology Center and the Future of SNAP

Ecology Center and the Future of SNAP
The Ecology Center is at the forefront of policy discussions to improve health outcomes among the nation’s most vulnerable communities. On May 29th, 2015, the Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, presented as a featured speaker at The Future of SNAP? Improving Nutrition Policy to Ensure Health and Food Equity. Hosted by the Berkeley Food… Read more »

Expanding Healthy Food Access at Farmers’ Markets: KQED Covers Market Match Program & AB 1321 Update

Expanding Healthy Food Access at Farmers' Markets: KQED Covers Market Match Program & AB 1321 Update
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 »

$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play

$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play
Last week in Sacramento, the $2.5 million in nutrition incentives that we’ve been lobbying for was dropped during the 2015-2016 budget negotiation between the legislature and the governor. However, AB 1321 is still in play- the bill would set up the infrastructure necessary to administer a nutrition incentive grant program, once funding is secured. The… Read more »