Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement

Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hosted their national public health conference in Oakland last month, and reached out to the Ecology Center to host a tour to visit local food justice sites. Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, led participants through an overview of the rich history of food justice and school & community gardens… 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 »

Addressing the Wealth Gap at the Dinner Table: Market Match & AB 1321

Addressing the Wealth Gap at the Dinner Table: Market Match & AB 1321
A story this week on NPR’s food blog, The Salt, emphasized one of the hard impacts of poverty in America: those on food stamps eat less nutritious food. Their story highlighted a review of 25 studies over the past decade that look at food spending and diets of Americans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).… 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 »

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers’ Market Near You

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers' Market Near You
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 »