Fair Food Networking Meeting
Double Up stakeholder meeting presenters included (l-r) Eric Tinker, Associated Grocers of NE; Liz Alpern, Fair Food Network; Laura Edwards Orr, Red Tomato; Bob Fitzpatrick, Vista Foods; and Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network
Double Up Food Bucks, a project of Fair Food Network, helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables while supporting American farmers and growing local economies.
Double Up matches the value of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) when spent on locally grown fruits and vegetables with a financial benefit to local growers. Started in Michigan in 2009, Double Up is now a national model for SNAP incentives.
Fair Food Network partnered with the HNH Foundation in December to plan and host a gathering of New Hampshire grocery pilot project funders and food grantees. The meeting gave New Hampshire-based food system organizations the opportunity to learn more about the NH Double Up retail pilot and to problem solve issues like community outreach, the farm to grocery pipeline and USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant applications.
Double Up Food Bucks is made possible in New Hampshire by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, HNH Foundation, NH Charitable Foundation, Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation, Endowment for Health, and the You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.
Participating grocery stores include Sully's Superette locations in Allenstown and Goffstown; Berlin Marketplace, Berlin; and Vista Foods, Laconia. Additional sites are anticipated in 2018.