Through a partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Michigan Farmers Market Association is developing an innovative program that places Food Navigators in farmers markets located in communities with a large portion of families relying on food assistance. Navigators who live in, or close to, the communities are working in farmers markets across the state.
Food Navigators welcome families using SNAP benefits to the farmers market. They walk shoppers through the process of using their food assistance benefits at the market, distribute Michigan Harvest of the Month materials, and help build relationships between shoppers and farmers. Navigators also organize and promote experiential nutrition education. This programming could include using Michigan Harvest of the Month materials, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, storage and preservation demonstrations, and/or activities for children.
This webinar reflected on lessons learned over the course of the Food Navigator pilot program, including how Navigators used SNAP-Ed nutrition education programming and materials to work to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables in farmers market settings.
No upcoming events are scheduled, please stay tuned for events in 2017!
This material was funded in whole or in part by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Fitness Foundation. People who need help buying nutritious food for a better diet, call the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline: (855) ASK-MICH.
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