Category: SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

Strength in Numbers: Leveraging Data and Technology for Nutrition Incentive Programs

Evaluation | FMC | Funding and Grants | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Webinars

Presenter: Alysa Moore: Wholesome Wave Georgia

Do you want to use data to impress funders and show the impact of your region’s nutrition incentive program? Maybe you love the IDEA of data but don’t have an excess amount of time, effort, and money to pour into new data management systems. 

Collecting, storing, and analyzing quality data for nutrition incentive programs is a daunting initiative for many organizations, especially organizations that lack the time, money, and people power to do it well. Data doesn’t have to be intimidating! 

In this webinar, attendees will learn how one small nonprofit approaches data management using low-cost technology that simplifies collection and analysis of nutrition incentive program data. 

Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG) is a small nonprofit that has been administering nutrition incentive programs in Georgia since 2009. In this webinar, WWG’s Program Manager, Alysa Moore will share how they’ve transitioned nutrition incentive data collection from cumbersome spreadsheets to an online, user-friendly database. Their use of new, low-cost software and tools has simplified program management and reporting for their small staff and the farmers markets, farms, and grocery outlets they work with. Learn how your organization can do the same. 

Attendees will learn why there is a need to move beyond spreadsheets, what tools and databases may be useful to program administrators and questions to ask when looking at data management solutions. Alysa will also walk through examples of how WWG uses Salesforce to manage data for several of their programs.

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Published July 15, 2020 Webinar

Growing Your Grassroots: Employing Local Community Leaders for SNAP & Incentive Outreach

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | FMC | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Webinars

Presenter: Food Navigator and Fresh Link Ambassador programs

Interested in engaging community members with outreach, promotion, and education for your market’s nutrition incentive program? Experts will present on two different community outreach programs: FreshLink Ambassadors and Food Navigators that employ community members to spread the word about how to access fresh, healthy, locally grown food. 

FreshLink

FreshLink Ambassadors is a peer-to-peer marketing and outreach approach to spread the word about farmers’ markets to support the use of SNAP and nutrition incentives. Developed and evaluated through community-engaged research at Case Western Reserve University, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio, the FreshLink Ambassador approach leverages social connections, trustworthiness, and capacity of community champions who raise awareness about and build social connections to farmers’ markets located in their neighborhoods. The FreshLink Ambassador Technical Assistance team now seeks to share learnings with individuals, organizations and communities interested in implementing this approach in their local context.  

Participants in this webinar can expect the following:

  • Learn more about the core components of the FreshLink Ambassador approach.
  • Understand the impact FreshLink Ambassadors has on individuals, communities, and farmers’ markets.
  • Hear testimonials from a former FreshLink Ambassador and Farmers’ Market Manager about their experiences and the benefits of this peer-to-peer outreach approach.

Food Navigators

The Michigan Farmers Market Association in collaboration with the Michigan Fitness Foundation created the Food Navigator program which operates in farmers markets that accept food assistance benefits and are located in underserved communities. Food Navigators work to increase access to fresh, affordable food and help shoppers eat healthy.

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Published June 05, 2020

Utah Farmers Market SNAP Toolkit

SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

Farmers markets are critical in increasing access to healthy, local foods. One important way that farmers markets do this is by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families stretch their food dollars. This toolkit outlines how farmers markets can implement a SNAP program, and help combat food insecurity in their communities.

 

Published May 15, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Publication

SNAP: COVID-19 Waivers by State

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | State/Local Guidelines

On April 10, 2020, USDA issued a letter denying several types of waivers requested by state SNAP agencies that do not meet requirements for approval.  FNS is working to add those requests to the individual state pages listed in the link below.

 

Published May 12, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Online DatabaseState & Local Policy

Nutrition Incentive Hub: COVID-19 Nutrition Incentives Response

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

This resource is intended to be a working document, comprised of practitioner perspectives and ideas. The attached information is not intended to be a formal endorsement of any practice. If you would like to provide input, email Abigail Warren at awarren@fairfoodnetwork.org.

Includes:

  • Areas for Adaptation
  • Opportunities & Resources

 

Published May 11, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Other

MIFMA: How to Clean SNAP Tokens

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Market Guidelines/Toolkits | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

How to Clean SNAP Tokens

Hard surfaces can harbor bacteria and germs. Attached are some steps you can take to improve the cleanliness of your market’s tokens and protect the safety of your market’s customers, vendors, and staff.

Includes:

  1. How to Clean Metal or Plastic Tokens
  2. How to Clean Wooden Tokens
Published May 07, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Market Policy

The Big Picture of SNAP/EBT Processing and Technology

FMC | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Webinars

PresenterPeter Relich

Join FMC to learn more about the world of federal and state level EBT processing and technology. Expert Peter Relich will share a short history of the development of EBT, then walk through how EBT transaction processing works within FNS, at the state agencies, and for processors. The webinar will also include information on state SNAP contracts and how to collaborate with your state agency. With examples specific to farmers markets and other farm direct outlets, attendees will learn where to go when questions arise with their contract, processor, or grant.

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Published April 08, 2020 Download Resource Webinar

Fresh Link Ambassador Program Webinar

SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs

The webinar described the components of the FreshLink Ambassador Program model.

Published March 06, 2019 Publisher Website Download Resource Webinar