ACT NOW: Join the PA Food Bucks Campaign

Increasing Statewide Investment in Pennsylvania Nutrition Incentives (Food Bucks)

Join The Food Trust, Just Harvest, African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) and more Pennsylvania partners as we ask our legislators to invest in SNAP incentive programs (Food Bucks) that make healthy food more affordable for families across the commonwealth. Learn more about how you can get involved here.

Background

Healthy food incentive programs for shoppers who rely on SNAP — a simple idea that started at farmers markets and has grown to supermarkets and other retailers — empower families to make healthier choices by making fresh produce more affordable. And when the thousands of Pennsylvanians struggling with poverty start bringing home more healthy food, we see their communities start to benefit, too: Area farmers gain new customers and make more money, small businesses thrive, and more food dollars stay in the local economy.

Healthy food incentives are currently available in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Our goal is to increase the geographic reach and local investment of dollars toward food incentives, helping more Pennsylvanians gain affordable access to fresh food.

You can learn more about these Food Bucks program in Pennsylvania and impact here.

In Pennsylvania:

·      SNAP reaches 944,462 households with 1,845,716 individuals in an average month (FY 2016)

·      SNAP helps 1 in 8 rural and metro households and 1 in 7 small town households afford healthy, nutritious meals.

·      SNAP nutrition incentives (e.g. Food Bucks) help residents stretch their food dollars – even doubling in some cases – increasing purchasing and consumption of nutritious fruits and vegetables.

how you can help

Sign on to our request to our Pennsylvania state legislators to increase investment in much-needed SNAP incentives today.

1.     If you are an organization, you can sign on to this letter

2.     If you would like to sign on as an individual, you can sign this petition

3.     Submit comments or stories about how SNAP incentives have benefited you and your community. Stories and comments are an effective way to illustrate how incentives directly support food access, small businesses and our local food system.

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