Updates From the Field

Field & Fork February Newsletter

Field & Fork Network is actively advocating for a $2 million annual appropriation in the state budget.  All state funding will be used to leverage additional federal funds, which require a 100% match, through the USDA’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive grant program. If we can secure state funding, that would mean an additional $4 million for New York families, farmers, and local communities. It will allow Double Up to expand to approximately 50 new sites across the state– reaching ~100,000+ new SNAP customers and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program.

We continue to meet with state representatives who have expressed support for the program; Assemblymembers Demond Meeks, of Rochester, Donna Lupardo, of Binghamton, and Mark Walczyk committed to introducing a support letter. However, this is only the first step in a lengthy process, and we need your help!

If you are willing to help us, please click below so we can keep you updated with advocacy opportunities.AdkAction is a small but mighty nonprofit serving the rural communities of the Adirondack Park. With a shared vision of creating a more sustainable food system, they have been a strong partner and leader in their region; developing innovative ideas on how to address food insecurity. One example of this is the Fair Food Pricing Program. The program stemmed from their Emergency Food Boxes, which delivered a weekly box of 15 healthy fresh meals, sourced mostly from local farms for individuals facing food insecurity due to COVID 19. The boxes were a huge success, with more than 64,000 meals delivered.

Building off this success, they recently piloted the Fair Food Program, bringing locally produced food into reach for those hovering just above the poverty line. The program is open to anyone but gives qualified* households a discount code to take 30% off the price of farm fresh packages. In addition to the discount, SNAP recipients can use their EBT card and Double Up Food Bucks to pay for the packages. These food boxes do more than deliver fresh food; they create a connection between the food and the community, break down barriers and eliminate misconceptions. We hope to see more programs like this across the state.

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