Market Match’s Role to Increase Healthy Food Access in California – Read in Civil Eats this Week

Market Match's Role to Increase Healthy Food Access in California - Read in Civil Eats this Week
One of our furthest-reaching programs, Market Match, is getting a nice spotlight in the media. Civil Eats, known for its provoking coverage of all things food-related, ran a piece this week that covered California’s efforts to address the 4 million residents who lack consistent access to adequate food. Market Match is pointed to as a… Read more »

Governor Signed AB 1321 to Help Make Healthy Eating More Affordable for Californians on Food Stamps!

Governor Signed AB 1321 to Help Make Healthy Eating More Affordable for Californians on Food Stamps!
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 »

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 »

Tell Governor Brown to Sign AB 1321, Nutrition Incentives Act, to Increase Healthy Food Access for Low-Income Californians

Tell Governor Brown to Sign AB 1321, Nutrition Incentives Act, to Increase Healthy Food Access for Low-Income Californians
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 »

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 »