Ohio First Lady, Ohio Department of Agriculture Accepting Nominations for 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.  The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady.  “Strong women have helped make the food and agriculture industry what it is today,” said Mrs. Kasich. “I am honored to be part of this program that highlights the achievements of several noteworthy, amazing Ohio women.” Nominations must be submitted by Sept.... Read more »

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 »

FPC is Hiring!

With Erika's recent departure we are looking for a new staff person for the Food Policy Coalition. All details about the position and how to apply are below and in this position summary. Note: You must apply online through OSU at Please share this job announcement with anyone and everyone you think might be interested in working with the coalition. Thank you in advance for helping FPC get the word out!... Read more »

A Note from Erika Meschkat of FPC

Dear Coalition Members, 

I recently finished my last day working for Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County and I am now preparing a move for graduate school to pursue a MBA.... Read more »

Cuyahoga County Agricultural Census Snapshot

posted by Erika Meschkat

written by Nicole Wright, OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County

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!