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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #16-035
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SACRAMENTO, September 15, 2016 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 California Nutrition Incentive Program. The program was established by Assembly Bill 1321 (Chapter 442, Statutes of 2015) to encourage the purchase and consumption of healthy, California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables by CalFresh recipients. 
CDFA is seeking project proposals from qualified entities in a competitive process to distribute incentives at Certified Farmers’ Markets throughout California. Incentives should be available to all CalFresh participants using their benefits at Certified Farmers’ Markets to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. CalFresh participants should be able to receive the incentives at the time of purchase. Projects that reach underserved populations will be prioritized, especially communities where a large proportion of the population is eligible for CalFresh and/or have high rates of diet-related disease. 
Grants are contingent upon receipt of federal funds by CDFA. Successful applicants will be included as project partners in CDFA’s proposal to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program.
Applications must be submitted by email to, no later than Friday, October 14, 5:00P.M. PST. Further information on the grant program, including timeline and application criteria, are available at:


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