I am proud to share the news that Urban County Government’s Local Food Coordinator Dr. Ashton Wright recently testified before the United States House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition regarding Bluegrass Double Dollars. You can view my earlier posts about the program by clicking here.
You can view the full video of the hearing below:
If the video is not visible in your browser, click here to go to YouTube. The meeting starts 14:00 minutes into the video. You can go to that location by clicking here. For Dr. Wright’s specific testimony, click here or start the video at 26 minutes and 20 seconds.
The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers. Dr. Wright highlighted the success of the Bluegrass Double Dollars pilot project funded by FINI and identified the lessons learned from the pilot program. She then provided the following recommendations to the Subcommittee regarding the FINI grant program:
- Encourage strong multi-sector partnerships to develop sustainable incentive programs.
- Employ a more comprehensive approach to education in which the state and local SNAP offices work more collaboratively with grantees.
- Develop a community of practice, a peer-to-peer network, to share best practices.
Our thanks to Dr. Wright for her hard work in helping make the pilot project a success, and our congratulations to her for being invited to testify before Congress and representing Lexington so well.