Healthy Food Access at Farmers’ Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide

Healthy Food Access at Farmers' Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide
According to the national Farmers’ Market Coalition, $16.6 million in SNAP benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationally in 2013. That’s a sharp increase from $4.2 million just five years ago. The number of farmers’ markets is also on the rise. If these trends continue, it could mean good changes for what’s on the plates… Read more »

From Sacramento Bee: Legislators Missed Chance to Fund Market Match, Ecology Center’s Healthy Food Program

From Sacramento Bee: Legislators Missed Chance to Fund Market Match, Ecology Center's Healthy Food Program
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board published an opinion piece this weekend that says law-makers in Sacramento fumbled when they let AB 2385 die in the Appropriations Committee. The proposed bill would have had a lot of bang for its buck, by establishing a fund that would allow California to receive matching federal funds. The combined… Read more »

This Week in LA Times: Market Match Is Poised to Expand in California, Bringing More Healthy Food for SNAP Recipients

This Week in LA Times: Market Match Is Poised to Expand in California, Bringing More Healthy Food for SNAP Recipients
The LA Times is on a roll! They followed up last month’s article on the expansion of Market Match in LA County with a piece this week on the statewide background and potential impact of Market Match. This five year old program connects shoppers who receive food assistance like CalFresh and WIC with fresh, healthy… Read more »

Exciting News: $2.5 Million Market Match Expansion Covered in LA Times

Exciting News: $2.5 Million Market Match Expansion Covered in LA Times
We’re leading the expansion of Market Match, to make healthy, affordable produce easily available to farmers’ market shoppers across California. The program received a big boost with a $2.5 Million grant from our Los Angeles partner, First5 LA, and today the LA Times picked up the story. Several other media outlets also ran articles: Los… Read more »

Ecology Center Partners with First 5 LA to Expand Market Match to 37 Farmers’ Markets with $2.5 Million Grant

Ecology Center Partners with First 5 LA to Expand Market Match to 37 Farmers’ Markets with $2.5 Million Grant
Our efforts to expand our healthy food program statewide celebrated a big success in LA County this past weekend. The press release that went out for the celebration provides a snapshot of the program, our partners, and what impact this collaboration is having for low-income families and farmers in the Los Angeles area. Read on… Read more »