to healthy and culturally appropriate food in community settings such as grocery stores has always been an area of focus for Hartford Food System. Shopping for groceries in urban settings can be a challenging task. Hartford has only one major supermarket. In the absence of larger stores, city residents rely on a range of local retailers for their grocery needs, including traveling regularly outside their own communities to buy food elsewhere. From corner store projects to participation in efforts to attract new supermarkets, HFS believes that a healthy community food system needs strong, sound, and high quality retail outlets.
a new healthy food initiative. In 2016, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the UCONN Center for Public Health and Health Policy, HFS conducted a pilot of a new SNAP nutrition incentive program with great success at two Hartford mid-sized grocery stores. Subsequently, again in partnership with Wholesome Wave, funding from the USDA was awarded to implement the incentive program for three years.
The goal of the project is to increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables for Hartford residents. During the 3 ½ month pilot program, more than $22,000 in fresh fruit and vegetable purchases were made as a result of the SNAP incentive.
Program provides low income Hartford residents with a $5 coupon that may be redeemed to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at participating stores in Hartford, CT. The $5 coupon will be distributed at the register with a qualifying purchase.
for a coupon, a customer must spend at least $10 with their SNAP/ConneCT Card including at least one fresh fruit or vegetable in their basket.
the overall health of the local food system, participating stores will be required to procure a portion of their produce from Connecticut growers as part of the program.
nutritionists will conduct nutrition education demonstrations in participating stores to encourage and support healthy eating habits.
Hartford Food System was founded in 1978. Since then, we have been dedicated to finding long-term solutions for access to affordable and healthy food in our home city of Hartford.
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