Local Food Policy & Health: State Policies Supporting /SNAP in Farmers Markets - PowerPoint Presentation
SB 6483: Local Farms Healthy Kids Initiative WA Legislation Supporting EBT at Farmers Markets
What is SB 6483?Eases state and school procurementrestrictions to better enable schooldistricts and state entities to choose localEstablishes a Farm to School Programthat will facilitate the purchasing ofWashington-grow farm products byschoolsCreates the Washington Grown FreshFruit and Vegetable program
Outcomes ContinuedPromotes school gardenEstablishes a FarmersMarket Technology ProgramEstablishes three Farm toFood Bank pilot programsExpands and increasesfunding for the FarmersMarket Nutrition ProgramFunded at $1,490,000
Why is it so darn cool?Precedent Setter! First time food was considered an environmental issue.Coalition Builder! Created new strategic relationships between environmentalists and sustainable ag people.
Lessons from the GreeniesAg people learned how the environmental community workstogether to promote agenda.Helped mainstream the idea of spending money on localfarmers to promote big policy issues.
Putting the Pieces TogetherTricia working with Mo onF25 to get funding with thegoal of building up moremarkets for farmers.
Champions in House and SenateFinal Vote, 2008: House: 95-1 (Dunn voted no, 2 abstain). Senate: 44-0, 5 excused
Whats Happening Now?Coalition is still working well due to strongpersonal connections.New common ground issues continue toarise: Formed Good Food Coalition Worked on State Food Policy Council 2009 (passed and vetoed) Continued work on food policy Worked on WIC & FMNP funding for 2011 and state food procurement changes Good food folks worked to protect F2S and WSDA budget
Farmers Market Tech ProgramThe Basics: 1 Year $50,000 Report to Legislature in November, 2009Washing State FarmersMarket Association (WSFMA)would serve as an advisorycommittee.WSFMA hired the contractor
Challenges to Capacity BuildingProject was too big forexisting staff.Project length too short tobuild long terminfrastructure.Inadequate funding to run theprogram for two years.Report deadline preventedthe accumulation of one yearof data.
Challenges to Capacity BuildingContinuation of the programrequires additional funding.Currently, no infrastructure tocontinue to offer services.Washington State Universitydid not have the mostefficient payment methods.WSFMA had more streamlinepayment systems.
Victories20 Farmers Markets, servinga wide variety of customersand communities, were ableto accept EBT Cards.After 2 years, 18 of thosemarkets have continued toaccept EBT.EBT acceptance allowed fora significant increase in salesat participating markets.
Relationship BuildingThe program brought WSUand WSFMA together.Another grant opportunityallowed the partnership tocontinue.WSFMA received broaderrecognition due to theaffiliation with WSU and thework they completed.
Lessons LearnedBuilding partnershipsbetween multiple localagencies builds capacity forboth organizations.Relationship developmenttakes time, and successfulrelationships depend uponthe personalities involved.Important to consider theorganizations long termcommitment to a project,before adopting it.