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USDA SNAP Recipes 

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist There are many resources available to support SNAP recipients with accessing nutritious meals. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  has a website called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl in an effort to increase awareness and provide tools for healthy eating. On the “Recipes” tab, you can search and filter recipes that are compliant with various program guidelines. Program filtering options include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), … Continue reading USDA SNAP Recipes 

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National Farmers Market Week August 6-12, 2017 

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator   In celebration of the National Farmers Market Week, I searched for resources to better educate myself on farmers market. I was happy to learn that farmers market is an “assembly of farmers or their representatives selling the food that they produced directly to consumers.” I was not aware that the term “local” is defined by each farmers market and it is based on the agriculture of its region. … Continue reading National Farmers Market Week August 6-12, 2017 

Two people walking on a pier in the rain.

Simplify Your Life

by Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Coordinator Who would like more peace and calm in their day? Who would like personal power, appreciation and happiness? How about gaining increased self-esteem, self-respect and a fulfilled feeling of gratitude? You can have all this and more. You can have all that life has to offer. In one word, the benefits from all of these issues stems from simplicity in life. … Continue reading Simplify Your Life

Piloting Online Food Purchasing in a SNAP

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator By early 2018, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will be able to make purchases online using their food assistance benefits in the following states: Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Amazon and Wal-Mart are two of the ten online retailers that have been selected by the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate … Continue reading Piloting Online Food Purchasing in a SNAP

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Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that it owes some Bridge Card recipients additional benefits that date back to 2014. They refer to the amount as a “lost benefit.” This was an error related to the Heat and Utility Standard Allowance changes. This Allowance was removed for many recipients, and for some it was … Continue reading Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

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ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: a fixed income, and rising food costs. Nationally, adults aged 65+ have an average annual income of $46,627, and they spend more than $5,500—or nearly 12%—on food. Additionally, this year those who rely on Social Security received just a 0.3% increase in their Cost of Living Adjustment. … Continue reading ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger

Bowl with peppers, limes, an apple, and an orange.

September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month 

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager 10 Reasons to eat MORE Fruits & Veggies: Color & Texture: Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your meals; Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form, whether they are fresh, frozen, canned or dried, so they’re always available; Provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy; Naturally Low in Calories; May Reduce … Continue reading September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month