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!

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 »