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2014 NEO Farmers' Market listing

Thanks to Debbi Snook of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for keeping our inventory of farmers' markets fresh and together year after year. Check out all the markets in NEO by county and see when they are open and what forms of payments they accept, like Produce Perks and Carrot Cash SNAP incentives! Access the full list here.

FPC Welcomes Jamel Rahkeera and Village Family Farms to Produce Perks!

In our last newsletter we highlighted the new markets participating in Produce Perks in 2014. Since then we have welcomed one more new market, Village Family Farms Farmers' Market in Cleveland. This market is operated by long-time OSU Extension friend, Jamel Rahkeera.... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District partners with FPC to monitor food waste

FPC wrapped up the last of May in school!... Read more »

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 »

2013 Produce Perks Market Report now available!

The outcomes and impacts of Produce Perks are now available here through our full-length report or Snapshot Summary.

Check it out to see how the program is impacting our region, our residents and our farmers!

National Food Policy Updates

Since the beginning of the new year, the farm bill, AKA the Agriculture Act of 2014, has officially been signed into law. After over a year of delays, the act will finally institute updates to food related policy affecting agriculture, conservation programs, and food assistance programs.... Read more »

Interventions to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

As we work to put together a 2013 report on Double Value Produce Perks program at farmers' markets - FPC has been looking at several resources that can communicate the impact of Cuyahoga, our region, and the state on increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income residents.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

School Wellness Policies Proposed by First Lady & USDA around marketing to children

Back when the USDA Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010, school districts were mandated to create local wellness policies to address nutrition education and physical activity standards. Just recently, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama announced that these policies being developed by districts across the country should also focus on health messaging and the removal of junk food marketing in classrooms and cafeterias at schools - targeted of course to children.... 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! 

Our local representatives reactions to passing of new federal farm bill

With the passing of the federal farm bill after 3 years of debate-FPC has been receiving many statements through our local representatives' newsletters based on the final conferenced bill.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, in her February 4th newsletter:

The House and Senate have passed a Farm Bill that wi... Read more »