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State Implementation of the New WIC Produce Package: Opportunities and Barriers for WIC Clients to Use Their Benefits at Farmers' Markets

June 23, 2009

The new WIC fruit and vegetable package will create a $500 million market annually for produce. Even if 10% of these benefits were spent at farmers markets, it would provide a big boon for access to local food and to small farmers. This report discovers that half of the states are shutting farmers markets out of this potentially lucrative market, and looks at the reasons why.

Building the Bridge: Linking Food Banking and Community Food Security

February 1, 2005

This 24 page document surveys the linkages between food banking and community food security, with case studies and interviews of 10 leading food banks and food bankers. In conjunction with World Hunger Year.

A Guide to Community Food Projects

January 1, 2002

This guide features case studies of seven diverse and innovative projects funded by USDA's Community Food Projects grant program. It also includes basic information about the CFP program and sources for more information.

The Healthy Farms, Food and Communities Act: Policy Initiatives for the 2002 Farm Bill And the First Decade of the 21st Century

August 26, 2001

This policy document includes a legislative initiative to be incorporated into the 2002 Farm Bill, and a broader set of policy principles and legislation endorsed by CFSC. Both policy platforms create the basis for furthering the goals of healthy farms, healthy food, and, ultimately, healthy communities.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Kids: Evaluating the Barriers and Opportunities for Farm-to-School Programs

January 1, 2001

This report documents the barriers and opportunities for school food services to purchase food directly from local farmers. Case studies and policy recommendations are included.

Hot Peppers and Parking Lot Peaches: Evaluating Farmers' Markets In Low Income Communities

January 1, 1999

Farmers Markets, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, case studies, Electronic Benefit Transfer, farmstands, policy issues, guidelines for successful markets and policy recommendations.

Getting Food on the Table: An Action Guide to Local Food Policy

January 1, 1999

The guide includes a department by department inventory of local programs, policies and functions that provide opportunities for supporting community food security. The guide also includes case studies, advice from experienced food policy advocates, a resource guide and federal funding sources.

Seeds of Change: Strategies for Food Security for the Inner City

April 28, 1993

The product of a year's work for six researchers, Seeds of Change is perhaps the most thorough documentation of an urban community's food system. Sections on hunger, nutrition, food industry, supermarket industry, communmity case study, farmers' markets, urban agriculture, joint ventures, and food policy councils.