Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant

In 2015, the Ecology Center received one of the USDA’s first ever Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants, totaling $3.7 million over two years. The grant will help to expand Market Match to additional farmers’ markets and other outlets across the state. Through this grant, we are partnering with 37 market operators and community-based organizations in order to connect nearly 240,000 food-insecure CalFresh shoppers with 2,200 of the state’s small farms, stimulating $9.8 million in fruit and vegetable sales. To read more about this exciting development, read our April 1st 2015 press release.

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FINI Market Match implementing partners include:

Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM),
Agriculture & Land Based Training Association (ALBA),
Alchemist Community Development Corporation (ACDC),
Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA),
Coastside Farmers’ Markets,
Collective Roots,
Downtown Anaheim Association,
Downtown Santa Ana Farmers’ Market (DTSA),
Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets in Berkeley,
Fresh Approach,
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (FEOC),
Heart of the City Farmers’ Market (HOC),
Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA),
International Rescue Committee (IRC),
Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI),
Kaweah Delta Healthcare District,
Laytonville Farmers’ Market,
Mission Community Market,
Modesto Certified Farmers’ Market,
North Coast Growers Association,
North Coast Opportunties,
North County Farmers’ Market Association,
Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA),
Palm Springs Cultural Center Certified Farmers’ Markets,
Petaluma Bounty a project of Petaluma People Services Center,
Phat Beets Produce,
Phelan Certified Farmers’ Market,
Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market,
Riverbank Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market,
San Diego County Farm Bureau,
San Diego Weekly Markets,
Social Justice Learning Institute,
Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA),
The People’s Mountain Market,
Urban Village,
Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets,
Visalia Farmers’ Market Association,
Yreka Community Certified Farmers’ Market,
Code for America (as a technological innovations partner), and
University of Southern California (as an evaluation partner.)