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Causes: Food

Mission: To create a food system that upholds the fundamental right to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food. We work at the intersection of food systems, sustainability and equity to guarantee access to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved communities.

Programs: The double up food bucks (dufb) program encourages snap (food stamp) recipients to purchase healthy, fresh produce by matching their snap expenditures up to $20 with tokens that can be spent to buy more locally-grown produce. The program, which launched in 2009, uses a unique model that is centrally organized and locally implemented. It has scaled up significantly in several arenas over the last year:farmers markets: in 2014, dufb expanded to include more than 150 direct-market locations statewide. Between june and october, over 10,000 customers used their snap benefits to shop at participating farmers' markets for the first time. Additionally, ffn continues to implement and evaluate a pilot test of improved dufb mobile payment technologies with a cluster of 10 markets in west michigan. Grocery stores: 2014 was the second year of a pilot version of double up in 6 full-service grocery stores: four independently-owned detroit businesses and two corporate-owned stores in west michigan. Ffn significantly improved the customer experience using evaluation results from the 2013 pilot. Beyond michigan: in response to inquiries from organizations throughout the us, ffn began providing technical assistance and consulting services to groups in other states interested in implementing the double up model. This work is supported through a combination of grant support for national work and fee-for-service contracts. The combined snap and dufb funds used in michigan since the program began in 2009 total more than $6. 3 million. Evaluation results continue to be used to improve program outcomes and inform the replication of this program in other locations. A new federal grants program for healthy food incentives such as double up was created at usda as part of the farm bill in 2014, and ffn has submitted a proposal to fund the continuation of double up in michigan through the 2018 market season.

good food battle creek (gfbc) was formed in 2010 to facilitate sharing and collaboration between diverse community stakeholders working to promote healthy food choices through education, support of local producers, and access to good food for all people. Ffn works with gfbc to facilitate a wide range of activities including:administering a small grants program that provided almost $39,400 in grants in 2014 to support local food system activities;hosting cultural competency training and food justice and anti-racism workship with eliminating racism and claiming/celebrating equality; supporting gfbc's involvement in food system and food justice work locally and nationally through leadership development opportunities, events, and strategic communications. Ffn has helped catalyze the building of a good food ecosystem of organizations in the battle creek area and has played a significant role in building the capacity of local leaders to strengthen their work in the community while also starting to play broader leadership roles across the state and country.

fair food fund provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that are unable to find conventional financing and that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food. The fund works with enterprises that support the long-term financial viability of small and mid-size farms in the northeastern united states. In 2014, our significant accomplishments include the following:fair food fund staff has successfully raised commitments of grants and program related investments to support fair food fund's financing and business assistance initiatives in the northeastern united states. We have funded 10 consulting corps projects, provided one-on-one, targeted business assistance to growing food system enterprises in the northeastern us. In december 2014, we successfully completed our 2nd annual fair food business boot camp, hosted at babson college and providing three days of intensive training to give emerging food system entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need to thrive. Finally, in late 2014, fair food fund staff launched an annual impact survey to assess the impact of fair food fund's programs on participating enterprises and the food system. Results of the first survey will be compiled in january 2015.

work collaboratively with community organizations and funders to create increased access to healthy and sustainably grown food for residents while also supporting local agriculture and food systems.

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