Economic Development

2015 Double Value Produce Perks Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Improving Fresh Food Access: Incentives through “Produce Perks” offered at Cuyahoga County Farmers’ Markets

CLEVELAND, OHIO – May 18, 2015Seventeen farmers’ markets, two farm stands and one mobile market throughout Cuyahoga County are participating in a program that offers incentive dollars to customers utilizing the Ohio Direction Card, according to Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County.... Read more »

Produce Perks 2015 Application Now Available

The Produce Perks 2015 Application is now available! If you would like to participate in the program this season, please complete the application and submit it by Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:30pm.  The application can be found here: http://cccfoodpolicy.org/document/produce-perks-2015-application-fillable-form

 

Applications can be sent via email, US Mail, fax, or delivered in person to:

OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County... Read more »

Finance Fund Study Highlights Need For Healthy Food Financing In Ohio

A recent study from Finance Fund highlights the need for a statewide financing program in Ohio that would encourage the development of healthy food retail in the communities that need it most.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment

City of Cleveland and FPC Release Food Business Cluster Roadmap

The City of Cleveland and FPC have released the findings from the Sustainable Foods Business Cluster Roadmap - a five-year plan with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses.  The roadmap takes a closer look at the food business cluster as a 'geographic concentration  of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions' all related in some way to the food industry.... Read more »

Mother Jones article on FSMA - 4 foods that could disappear

At the beginning of this month, Mother Jones published an article on four foods that could be difficult (if not impossible) to easily buy and consume if the new proposed food safety rules of the Federal Food Safety and Modernization Act pass.... Read more »

Food hubs across the nation-new study examines leading models and best practices

Food hubs often encompass all or several of the missing link(s) necessary to better faciliate the process of bringing local foods from farm to fork. I like to think of them as the physical places that are home to every "sticky point" in the food economy or the critical components of the food system (production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption, waste).... Read more »

FPC Working with Bush Consulting on the Sustainable Food Business Cluster Project

FPC in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability will be working with Bush Consulting of Salem, Ohio to complete an analysis and roadmap of the food business cluster in Northeast Ohio with a focus on Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  Brookings Institution defines clusters as "geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular sector." After a competitive review process by a selection committee... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the FPC Explore School Gardening and Local Procurement for the Farm to School Initiative

Members of diverse community organizations met earlier this month on a sunny August morning to discuss the expansion of school gardening at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) schools.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

2012 Produce Perks Market Report

The Produce Perks Market Report provides a full scope of the program from May 2012 (2012 program launch) to May 2013. Several markets continue to participate in the program throughout the winter and distribute Produce Perks up until the end of April 2013. FPC looks forward to starting a new round of the Produce Perks program in the 2013 season starting, once again, in May.

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Produce Perks 2015 Application (fillable form)

Hello Markets!,

The Produce Perks 2015 application is now officially posted. If you would like to participate in the program this season, please complete the application and submit it by Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:30pm.  

Applications can be sent via email, US Mail, fax, or delivered in person to:

OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County

Attn: Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition

5320 Stanard Avenue... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition