Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Farmers’ Market Voucher Program Research (National, NYC, Florida) and Ladder for Growth: A National Network to Build Capacity and Test Innovative Strategies for Healthy Food Incentives
CRESP measured the impact of expanded nutrition program incentive vouchers at a network of farmers’ markets. More specifically, CRESP conducted a rigorous, multi-site, randomized control trial between September of 2015 and September of 2017 at 76 farmers’ markets across the country.
Between 2015 and 2017, University of Delaware’s Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (UD-CRESP) partnered with Wholesome Wave, Inc. (WW), Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers (referred to as Florida Organic Growers, or FOG), and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) to measure the impact of expanded nutrition program incentives at the networks of farmers markets (FMs) supported by these three organizations, utilizing a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) research design.
The randomized control trial (RCT) described herein was managed and evaluated by the University of Delaware’s Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (UD-CRESP), at 76 farmer’s markets (FMs) in 13 states and the District of Columbia, over a two-year time span. The RCT randomly awarded incentives to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use to purchase fruits and vegetables (FVs) at FMs.
This report presents data from the 21 New York City FMs within the GrowNYC FM network that participated in the RCT. These FMs partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) in a randomized incentive program, which provided variable amounts of Health Bucks to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants shopping at FMs between August 2016 and October 2017.
This report presents and analyzes the data from the subset of 13 FMs in the Florida Organic Growers and Consumers (also known as Florida Organic Growers or FOG) FM network that participated in the RCT between January 2016 and April 2017.
Start Date: April 1, 2015
End Date: May 31, 2019
CRESP Lead Researcher: Allison Karpyn
Funder: Wholesome Wave/Florida Organic Growers/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/USDA
Partner Organization(s): Wholesome Wave Foundation Charitable Ventures, Inc.