On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1321, to draw federal funds to provide Californians receiving SNAP (food stamps) with incentives when they shop at farmers’ markets, making healthy eating choices more affordable. As a co-sponsor of this bill, and the organization that leads Market Match, the statewide program this bill will help to… Read more »
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 »
We are thrilled AB 1321, a bill we co-sponsored, has passed the both houses of the state legislature with strong bi-partisan support, moving it forward to the Governor’s desk. AB 1321, the Nutrition Incentives Act, will help California receive federal funds for nutrition incentive programs, like Market Match, to expand healthy food access at farmers’… Read more »
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.
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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 »
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