Announcing the Arizona-Grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive for Food Insecure Families   

We are thrilled to announce a campaign for new statewide legislation that will help Arizonans bring home more fresh, local, healthy food. Senator Kate Brophy McGee is sponsoring the bill, which will call for an appropriation from the general fund to enhance the buying power of SNAP participants through the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program to buy Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) and grocery stores.

The bill would help expand the reach of Double Up Arizona's incredible benefits to more communities, stores and organizations across our state. Stay tuned to Pinnacle Prevention and Double Up Food Bucks Arizona's Facebook, Twitter, and newsletters for more details and exciting announcements. 
Hunger in Arizona: It takes a village to fight for food security


Via Green Living Magazine, By Adrienne Udarbe

For most Arizonans, fall is a festive time that brings with it the warmth of holidays, celebration, and shared meals with loved ones. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for over one million Arizonans who don't know when, or from where, their next meal will come. 

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Congratulations, Jessie! 

This month, our incredible project manager Jessie Gruner graduated form Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions with her PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Science. We are so thrilled and honored to have such a brilliant rockstar on our team!



New transportation plans aim to increase safe places to stay active in Arizona  


As bicycling and walking become increasingly popular forms of transportation, having a safe way for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate roads is incredibly important. Walking and biking are great ways to improve mental and physical health for you and your loved ones. Bike lanes and sidewalk additions are popping up all over America, and cities in Arizona are making changes to promote alternative forms of travel and transportation safety.

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Engaging America's young adults in agriculture  


Almost two-thirds of farms in America are owned by someone over the age of 55. The most recent U.S. Census data showed that the average age of farmers in Arizona is 61 years old. In the next 5 years, which is the lifespan of the new farm bill, almost 100 million acres of land will need a new farmer.
 
Introducing new, young farmers into the industry could be aided by the 2018 Farm Bill. The NYFC released The National Young Farmer Survey in November, which surveyed farmers under 40 to gauge how the agriculture industry will change over the next few years.

You can help in the United Nation's effort to eliminate global hunger


Hunger is an issue that almost 800 million people in the world face every day. In Arizona alone, there are over 1 million people who are food insecure. The United Nations started a program to globally combat these devastating food security and malnutrition problems.

In 2012, they launched the Zero Hunger Challenge as way to tackle world hunger. The Zero Hunger initiative is a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda focuses on human rights and social justice. The UN realized that the agenda could not be accomplished without combating malnutrition and hunger.

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The 2018 Farm Bill: What it is (and why you should care)


In the new year, the United States legislature will introduce the 2018 Farm Bill. The farm bill is the food and agricultural budget and policy for the United States. The bill impacts farming livelihood, and also determines how food is grown and which foods are grown. Dig into some information on what the new bill will contain and how it will impact you if it's passed.

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Surveys: Share your thoughts on transportation and streetscapes


The Maricopa Association of Government wants your input! Take this fun and interactive survey to help inform the development of their active #transportation plan. 

The City of Phoenix needs your input on biking and driving. Share your thoughts in this survey to help shape the future development of biking, driving and walking in the region. 
How Tucson's Edible Biodiversity is Increasing Food Security


Via Food Tank, by Eva Perroni

Tucson is one of the top cities in the United States conserving and disseminating edible biodiversity and local heritage foods, a new report reveals. Released by the University of Arizona Center for Regional Food Studies, the second annual "State of Tucson's Food System" documents Tucson's rich variety of common, heritage, native, and heirloom plant species and varieties available, often at little or no cost, in its local economy.

The Female Farmer Project Gives a Voice to Women Farmers


Via Edible Baja Arizona, by Leah Merrall

Audra Mulkern was walking through the farmers' market one day in 2012 when suddenly she noticed something: almost every single booth and table and had a woman standing behind it.

The first question she asked herself was, where are all the men? Then she asked herself, when did I fall into the trap of assuming that all farmers are men?

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