Exciting news! SB1245 Passed

It passed! SB1245, the Arizona-grown fruit and vegetable incentive bill, appropriates funds from the Arizona State general fund to be used to uplift local Arizona farmers and our Arizona economy by providing funding for a produce incentive program for SNAP participants so they can purchase locally-grown produce items at participating farmers markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and grocery stores.

It a win-win-win for Arizona!

Thanks to everyone for offering your support and advocacy! 

We also would like to recognize the support of all of the advocates who took action and the following:

* Senator Kate Brophy McGee, Bill Sponsor
* Senator Sine Kerr, Champion
* Nicole Olmstead, American Heart Association - Arizona
* Alexis Glascock, Fennemore Craig
*Committee Speakers - Dr. Wilson and Kelli Williams with Mercy Care Plan/Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care; Elyse Guidas with Farm Express; Dave Brady with Bar-B Produce and Sun Produce Co-op; and, Maya Dailey with Maya's Farm and Sun Produce Co-Op

Bill Co-Sponsors: Senator Lisa Otondo, Senator Franklin Pratt, Senator Bob Worsley, Representative Heather Carter 

Check out LetsGrowAZ.org to learn more.
Our journey to make SB1245 a reality

From conception to implementation to ultimate success, the Arizona-Grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Bill was a truly collaborative and strategic effort. Learn more about the journey to make  SB1245 a reality! Click on the image or  here to check out the case study. 

Order your promotional materials today!

Double Up Food Bucks partners implementing the program at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs can order signs, recipes, flyers and other promotional materials.

Make sure to check out the latest updates on market hours and locations on the new flyers. Updated flyers and other promotional materials for Double Up partners can be found in the resource folder in  Dropbox. Check it out and feel free to share with your network!

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Complete this order form if you need more promotional and communication materials.

Please provide shipping information and include the total number of each item you would like, and return it to Jessie Gruner via email at: jessiegruner@pinnacleprevention.org. Please see instructions on the form for more details.

Don't hesitate to provide us with feedback on our materials or provide requests for us to create additional materials for customers, vendors, or even market volunteers.

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Highlights from the Double Up AZ annual partners meeting   

Thanks to all who attended our Double Up Food Bucks Arizona partners meeting earlier in May! We had a great time discussing everyone's successes, challenges, and insights. An extra special thanks to those who provided a letter of support for our next USDA FINI grant application. We're looking forward to an even better 2018.

Congratulations to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market for winning the drawing for a promotional market video! 
Sierra Vista promotional video

Congratulations to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market for winning the drawing for a promotional market video!

We had a wonderful time visiting the market and talking with all of the incredible farmers, vendors and managers. The Sierra Vista Farmers Market provides a place for community gathering every week.

"This is the central point for the city and it's the prettiest part of town. It's so good for the community because it gives them a place to go network with their neighbors; not only to find fresh foods and support the local farmers," said Diane Sawyer, manager of the Sierra Vista Farmers Market.

Learn more about the Sierra Vista Farmers Market and their admirable sense of community by checking out the video.

Double Up in the news
It was a busy quarter for Double Up Food Bucks Arizona! The program was in the spotlight quite a few times since our previous newsletter. Check out some of the most recent Double Up stories:
How Food Stamps Are Keeping Small Farms In Business

Double Up Food Bucks program gives extra funding for produce

Arizona-grown produce bill good for families in poverty

Why Arizona Democrats, Republicans Agree (Mostly) On SB 1245
Voices of Double Up Arizona

If you haven't seen our latest videos, take a moment to check them out! 

We spoke to Double Up customers, market managers and farmers about the importance of the program in their lives as well as the importance of local agriculture. 

You can watch the videos by following the links below. We encourage you to share them with your network!

We will be visiting many more markets this year, so keep an eye out for new videos and stories on our Youtube channel, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

New Double Up AZ partner markets
We are thrilled to welcome many new markets to our amazing statewide network of Double Up partner markets:
  • Fresh Express has rebranded to Farm Express and has launched a second bus!
  • The Pendergast Food Market is closed for the summer but will be open in the fall and ready to accept Double Up Food Bucks.
Thanks for an amazing quarter! 
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