A new report from the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition presents findings from an evaluation for the USDA FINI grant program. The results can inform the future of healthy food incentive programs. FINI is a program that can improve food access, reduce food insecurity, decrease health care costs, support local food systems and stimulate local economies. The report finds benefits of the grant program, namely the potential for “a trifecta of benefits” that impact farmers through an increase in sales and expansion of their customer base, grocery store owners through an increase in sales and expansion of locally sourced produce, and consumers through improvements in diet, food security and better health as a result of utilizing FINI incentives. The report also notes several opportunities for sharing best practices and improving the program.
Read the full press release and report from the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.