Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets | YES! Magazine

Zilke Vegetable Farm offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies at their farm stand in Milan and at Ypsilanti Farmers Markets!

Zilke Vegetable Farm offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies at their farm stand in Milan and at Ypsilanti Farmers Markets!

Yes! Magazine highlights Michigan farmer Vicki Zilke and her participation in farmers markets that host the increasingly popular and very effective Double Up Food Bucks program.

As the article states, Vicki says:

“I make more money, I expand my business, and then I can hire more people,” Zilke said. “If I hire more people I then improve the bottom line of my community. It’s a ripple effect.”

Michigan-based Fair Food Network and several key statewide partners have leveraged the success of Double Up Food Bucks to earn a $5.1 million dollar grant in the first round of new 2014 Farm Bill funding, known as the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grant, or FINI.

The grant will be matched with private funds for a total of nearly $10.4 million and its funds will be used to better serve participants on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) by expanding the program to more farmers markets and grocery store locations across Michigan and supporting new technology and other innovations.

Read more about FINI here, with the NSAC Grassroots Guide to the 2014 Farm Bill:
http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/local-food-systems-rural-development/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentives/

Read the full Yes! Magazine Article:
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses by Araz Hachadourian — YES! Magazine.

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