USDA Awards Nation’s Largest Grant to Expand California Healthy Eating Program to More Farmers’ Markets

USDA Awards Nation's Largest Grant to Expand California Healthy Eating Program to More Farmers’ Markets
[PRESS RELEASE] – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) and its partners a $3.9 million Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant – the largest in the country. FINI grants are designed to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition… Read more »

Video: Undersecretary Concannon Visits Our Farmers’ Market

Video: Undersecretary Concannon Visits Our Farmers' Market
Earlier this month, a very special guest came to our farmers’ market: United States Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon visited for National Nutrition Month! Our staff met with Undersecretary Concannon to discuss CalFresh (California’s food stamps, referred to as SNAP nationally) access at farmers’ markets and incentives like Market Match. Our Market… 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 »

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 »