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   June 8, 2016
 

Innovative FINI Partnership -- LiveWell CO, Colorado Farmers Market Association, CO Dept. of Human Services, Cooking Matters-Colorado and Boulder County Public Health

YES, it's official!  We're happy to share the good news that this Colorado partnership has just been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to launch Double Up Food Bucks Colorado.
 
FINI: 50 Partners Come Together to Make Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a Reality 
Program Benefiting Low-Income Families is a Partnership Success

A statewide partnership led by LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Farmers Market Association (CFMA), Cooking Matters-Colorado, and Boulder County Public Health has just been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to launch Double Up Food Bucks Colorado. 

The Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program expands the amount of fruits and vegetables recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) can purchase.  “Close to 50 partners have come together to make Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a reality,” said Wendy Peters Moschetti, LiveWell Colorado Director of Food Systems. “By working closely with our community and state agency partners, we hope to reach the 150,000 households who depend on SNAP in these 19 urban and rural counties,” added Moschetti.

The first year of Double Up Food Bucks Colorado will include reaching 25 farmers markets and at least five additional retailers in 19 counties across Colorado. The Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program also goes beyond farmers markets in Colorado through community-based urban agriculture projects with on-site marketplaces (including Community Supported Agriculture, food co-operatives, corner stores and urban agriculture marketplaces) located in low-income neighborhoods.
 
Here is a link to the official USDA press release: https://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/agriculture-secretary-vilsack-announces-168-million-grants-encourage-healthy-food. A list of partners participating in  
Double Up Food Bucks Colorado can be found here.

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