Target: The Fair Food Network
Goal: Commend the Fair Food Network for creating incentives for food stamp users to shop for and eat healthy foods
Recently, the Fair Food Network – an organization supporting just, healthy, and sustainable food systems – announced that it would be establishing a new program to urge food stamp users to eat healthy foods. Shoppers will get credits to spend on fresh produce with the purchase of their groceries.
The program piloted in Detroit, where “food deserts” (areas with stores lacking fresh foods that are instead overrun with fast food restaurants and convenience stores) are common and the population on food stamps is large. Under the new program, Detroit residents who rely on food stamps will receive $10 to use on fresh produce whenever they spend $10 for groceries.
Although Fair Food has created similar programs in the past, the difference this time is that while before the program was previously limited to farmers’ markets, it now extends to local grocery stores such as Honey Bee Market, Metro Foodland and Mike’s Fresh Market. This will be much more effective in getting food stamp users to eat healthy; while it is rare that food stamp users will visit the farmers’ market, it is very possible that they will frequent the grocery store.
By signing this petition you will help us thank Fair Food Network for continuing to innovate new ways to provide food stamp users with the resources and incentive to lead healthier lifestyles.
Dear Fair Food Network,
I would like to thank you for encouraging food stamp families to purchase and consume fresh produce by establishing the credits program with local grocery stores. In a nation where natural foods are often much more expensive than processed food, many families cannot afford to eat healthily and turn to junk food for convenience and low cost. However, giving food stamp families credits to buy fresh produce solves this problem because they will be able to afford fruits and vegetables without having to worry about it being so expensive that they will not have enough to eat.
I think it is great that you realized that many people do not go to farmers’ markets, and so expanded the program to include grocery stores. This is a big step in bringing better nutrition to food stamp families for whom fresh, natural foods are an expense.
[Your Name Here]
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