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Fair Food Network is a national nonprofit founded on the belief that vibrant local food systems can create health and economic opportunity for all. Headquartered in Michigan, we pioneer win/win/win solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food—especially in our most underserved communities. Dig deeper at fairfoodnetwork.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter @FairFoodNetwork and @OHesterman.


Program Details

Fair Food Network has two signature programs: Double Up Food Bucks and Fair Food Fund.

Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks (Double Up) program makes it easier for low-income Americans to eat fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting family farmers and growing local economies. With a five-year track record, Double Up is a proven, innovative model that simultaneously delivers health and economic opportunity.

Here’s how it works. Double Up provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The wins are three-fold: families bring home more healthy food, local farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a ripple effect across the community.

Since 2009, Double Up has expanded from five farmers markets in Detroit to a statewide success story. With more than 150 participating sites, it has supported more than 200,000 low-income families and more than 1,000 farmers in 2013 alone and has had a greater than $5 million effect on Michigan’s economy. Double Up has also been at the forefront of innovations in healthy food incentives, expanding the model to grocery stores and developing new mobile payment systems.

The 2014 Farm Bill includes $100 million to support the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants program, a new national healthy produce effort modeled after successful programs such as Double Up. Now every dollar invested in these types of projects can leverage federal funds to have greater impact. Dig deeper at http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/double-up-food-bucks

The demand for local and sustainably grown food is soaring. Yet in many places across our nation, the infrastructure connecting family farmers to this growing demand no longer exists.

Fair Food Network launched the Fair Food Fund in 2012 to grow this “missing middle” and build robust regional food systems. The Fund provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food.

The enterprises we support face challenges accessing the capital they need: grant opportunities are scarce, banks are often risk-averse, and traditional venture capitalists seek rapid financial returns. Emerging good food enterprises also need business assistance from industry experts to help take their ventures to the next level.

By bridging these gaps, Fair Food Fund is not only helping entrepreneurs succeed, it’s building a pipeline of investment-ready enterprises and providing a vehicle for funders looking to make a meaningful difference in our food system. Dig deeper at http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/fairfoodfund

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