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Legislative Agenda

  • Statewide Electronic Benefits Transfer (for SNAP recipients) at farmers markets
  • Farmland protection
  • Alternative valuations for small, sustainable, and urban farms
  • Farm to school programs
  • Local food distribution infrastructure

EBT at local farmers markets

The HFPW has been studying and advocating for the implementation of a region-wide system of Electronic Benefits Transfer technology to be deployed at all farmers markets, paired with an awareness campaign to educate SNAP recipients of their opportunity to buy fresh local produce with their EBT/Lonestar cards.  The City of Houston is currently piloting EBT systems in area farmers markets and the HFPW plans to support and help expand their efforts.

Farm Bucks

Following the wide spread deployment of EBT systems at local food sources, the HFPW will push for local governments to develop a system of “Farm Bucks,” following the successful models in Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and other U.S. cities. The goal of “Farm Bucks” programs is to amplify the value of EBT benefits for recipients when they choose to use them for fresh local produce, thus providing a simultaneous benefit to those in need of food assistance and local farmers.

Regional Food Assessment

Houston Tomorrow, together with a coalition of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, is embarking on an assessment of the Houston regional food system.  The assessment will aim to assess the overall food system that currently feeds 6 million people in the 13-county region and consider implications for the system as the region grows to an expected 10 million people by 2040. Currently, a pilot study is underway in Matagorda County.

Local Food Distribution

The HFPW advocates for the strengthening of a distribution system and supply chain that supports a local food economy.

Outreach

  • Speakers bureau / prepared presentation
  • Quarterly rural meetings around the region
  • Outreach to specific groups, including large food industry entities, restaurateurs, school districts and consumers

Education

  • Monthly guest speakers, including grocery store managers,  supply chain personnel and local farmers, fishermen & ranchers
  • HFPW website & newsletter

Legislative Agenda

  • Statewide Electronic Benefits Transfer (for SNAP recipients) at farmers markets
  • Farmland protection
  • Alternative valuations for small, sustainable, and urban farms
  • Farm to school programs
  • Local food distribution infrastructure

EBT at local farmers markets

The HFPW has been studying and advocating for the implementation of a region-wide system of Electronic Benefits Transfer technology to be deployed at all farmers markets, paired with an awareness campaign to educate SNAP recipients of their opportunity to buy fresh local produce with their EBT/Lonestar cards.  The City of Houston is currently piloting EBT systems in area farmers markets and the HFPW plans to support and help expand their efforts.

Farm Bucks

Following the wide spread deployment of EBT systems at local food sources, the HFPW will push for local governments to develop a system of “Farm Bucks,” following the successful models in Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and other U.S. cities. The goal of “Farm Bucks” programs is to amplify the value of EBT benefits for recipients when they choose to use them for fresh local produce, thus providing a simultaneous benefit to those in need of food assistance and local farmers.

Regional Food Assessment

Houston Tomorrow, together with a coalition of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, is embarking on an assessment of the Houston regional food system.  The assessment will aim to assess the overall food system that currently feeds 6 million people in the 13-county region and consider implications for the system as the region grows to an expected 10 million people by 2040. Currently, a pilot study is underway in Matagorda County.

Local Food Distribution

The HFPW advocates for the strengthening of a distribution system and supply chain that supports a local food economy.

Outreach

  • Speakers bureau / prepared presentation
  • Quarterly rural meetings around the region
  • Outreach to specific groups, including large food industry entities, restaurateurs, school districts and consumers

Education

  • Monthly guest speakers, including grocery store managers,  supply chain personnel and local farmers, fishermen & ranchers
  • HFPW website & newsletter

Legislative Agenda

  • Statewide Electronic Benefits Transfer (for SNAP recipients) at farmers markets
  • Farmland protection
  • Alternative valuations for small, sustainable, and urban farms
  • Farm to school programs
  • Local food distribution infrastructure

EBT at local farmers markets

The HFPW has been studying and advocating for the implementation of a region-wide system of Electronic Benefits Transfer technology to be deployed at all farmers markets, paired with an awareness campaign to educate SNAP recipients of their opportunity to buy fresh local produce with their EBT/Lonestar cards.  The City of Houston is currently piloting EBT systems in area farmers markets and the HFPW plans to support and help expand their efforts.

Farm Bucks

Following the wide spread deployment of EBT systems at local food sources, the HFPW will push for local governments to develop a system of “Farm Bucks,” following the successful models in Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and other U.S. cities. The goal of “Farm Bucks” programs is to amplify the value of EBT benefits for recipients when they choose to use them for fresh local produce, thus providing a simultaneous benefit to those in need of food assistance and local farmers.

Regional Food Assessment

Houston Tomorrow, together with a coalition of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, is embarking on an assessment of the Houston regional food system.  The assessment will aim to assess the overall food system that currently feeds 6 million people in the 13-county region and consider implications for the system as the region grows to an expected 10 million people by 2040. Currently, a pilot study is underway in Matagorda County.

Local Food Distribution

The HFPW advocates for the strengthening of a distribution system and supply chain that supports a local food economy.

Outreach

  • Speakers bureau / prepared presentation
  • Quarterly rural meetings around the region
  • Outreach to specific groups, including large food industry entities, restaurateurs, school districts and consumers

Education

  • Monthly guest speakers, including grocery store managers,  supply chain personnel and local farmers, fishermen & ranchers
  • HFPW website & newsletter

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