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June 2019 Edition

Predictors of SNAP Use at Farmers’ Markets with Monetary Incentive Programming

In a national study recently published by SAGE Journals and the American Journal of Health Promotion, lead researcher Darcy Freedman of Case Western Reserve University dives into the correlation between monetary incentive programming and SNAP usage at farmers markets. 

This study tracks the effects of healthy food incentive programming for SNAP beneficiaries at 282 FINI funded farmers markets across 16 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers measured and analyzed how rates of SNAP sales & transactions were affected by the number of nutrition incentive programs available, paid staff members, and produce vendors. Additional variables such as incentive spending cap, geographic area type, and state support for local food systems were also analyzed.

Check out the full report here!


Food Systems Leadership Network 

Looking for a new place to connect with your peers in the food movement, share relevant resources and best practices, and access opportunities for professional development? Check out the Food Systems Leadership Network: a national community of practice coordinated by the Wallace Center that strengthens the leadership, management, and organizational capacity of community-based organizations that use food systems as a tool for social change. 

Members of the Food Systems Leadership Network can tap into learning opportunities such as leadership retreats, mentorship, peer learning circles, and more. With over 2,000 individuals from across the country, this learning network is a fantastic resource for sharing ideas, asking questions, and furthering the food movement. Membership is free and open to individuals and organizations working in the food system.

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New Member Welcome

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National Nutrition Incentive Network Member Highlight 

Billings Forge Community Works 

Billings Forge Community Works proudly holds the largest farmers’ market in Hartford, CT. This summer, they’re offering Hartford residents the opportunity to buy 100% CT grown fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meats -- AND double the value of their purchases when spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Through a partnership with the CT Department of Agriculture, BFCW distributed incentive double value coupons, providing a dollar for dollar match to Senior FMNP recipients on their produce purchases. In 2018 alone, Billings Forge Community Works impacted 5,472 members of the Hartford community through their farmers market programming. 

By leveraging corporate sponsorships with The Hartford and Aetna, Billings Forge Community Works also increased access to public transportation to and from the market for community members. Thanks to BFCW, the Asylum Hill Fresh Express Shuttle bus now runs every 15 minutes and stops right in front of the farmers market. 

MEMBER RESOURCES

Policy & Advocacy

For our Advocacy Toolkit and more information on the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program, visit our Policy section.

Data Collection & Evaluation

Visit this section for access to consumer surveys and instructions on how to use the WW Data Portal.

Communications & Marketing

This section offers story gathering, photo collection, and marketing and outreach resources.

Fundraising

For case studies, grant funding guides, and other resources on funding your incentive program, view our fundraising resources.