Food Access

FPC Community Food Guide Updated for 2015 Season

The popular FPC Community Food Guide has been updated with new farmers' market and CSA information for the 2015 season! The guide is free to download and print but official hard copies are coming soon to local farmers' markets and community centers - be on the lookout! The updated version can be downloaded here.

2015 Double Value Produce Perks Press 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 »

Ohio State University Extension—Cuyahoga County Receives $152,571 through USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program as part of Wholesome Wave’s $3.77 Million Grant

(Cleveland, Ohio) Today, Ohio State University Extension—Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, and Countryside Conservancy celebrate USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $31.5 million granted through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI).... Read more »

Food Security Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program

Last month, FPC decided to apply for a new funding opportunity with our national partner, Wholesome Wave, and numerous state partners in Ohio: the FINI (Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive) grant, offered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

FPC Releases Community Food Guide

The newly released FPC Community Food Guide provides local residents and families with a comprehensive overview of healthy and local food in Cuyahoga County, including useful tips for buying and eating healthy and local food on a budget, fun activities for families and communities that will excite kids to try new fruits and vegetables, and a guide to buying seasonal Ohio fruits and vegetables.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition
Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

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

Federal Farm Bill 2014: Update on the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program

As we have provided updates on the passage of the 2014 "farm bill" in previous newsletters, we would like to communicate that although the recent bill included language to provide funding for SNAP incentive programs (like Produce Perks) at the national level, that the details around implementation and administration of this public support are still being considered.... Read more »

2014 Produce Perks application available NOW! Deadline: March 21, 2014!

Calling all Cuyahoga County farmers' markets! Interested in participating in Produce Perks this 2014 markets season (May 01, 2014-April 20, 2015)? Please download and fill out this fillable pdf application and send it back to us at the Coalition (meschkat [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu) by Friday March 21, 2014 5pm.

Call 216-429-8200 x212 for any questions concerning the program and application process! 

Produce Prescription

Program Details

Through the Produce Perks incentive program, FPC has established relationships with several farmers’ markets in Cuyahoga County to better connect low-income residents to healthy, local food. A 2012 FPC survey of farmers’ market participating in ... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

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