Michigan Farm to Family
For many families, access to fresh and healthy food is a challenge. Many families rely exclusively on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase food for their household. The Michigan Farm to Family pilot program is an innovative effort to connect low-income families to local, healthy food that is affordable through membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. The goal is to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of sale.
In a typical CSA model, members make a financial investment and buy a “share” of the farm’s production before each growing season. Members share the risks and benefits of food production with the farmer. In return, they receive regular distributions of the farm’s bounty throughout the season.