Produce Perks Midwest is a regional nonprofit that pioneers solutions to address inequities within our food system. Our work increases affordable access to healthy food, supports local farmers and strengthens local economies – in our most under-served communities.
Our flagship program, Produce Perks, helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers and growing local economies.
We help families buy fresh, healthy food from local farmers. This is a simple yet powerful idea with vast opportunity for impact. Produce Perks doubles the purchasing power for low-income shoppers – providing a $1 for $1 match for families and individuals receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) when spent on healthy foods. Our match can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables, stretching the SNAP $ for additional healthy foods.
Produce Perks is a Win/Win/Win:
- Healthy foods are reaching the homes of more low-income families
- Local farmers are selling more produce
- Local food $$ are being spent in local economies
Who we Serve:
Produce Perks is available to ALL Ohio SNAP recipients. In 2016, 1.56 million Ohioans received food assistance with $2.5 billion in SNAP distributed. SNAP recipients can utilize Produce Perks at distinct healthy food access points throughout OH, including approximately 100 farmers markets and farm stands, retail grocery stores, and Community Supported Agriculture programs.
**Within Greater Cincinnati, we serve low-income families of Northern KY and Southeastern IN.