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Fall 2012 Newsletter - Part 2

posted Nov 26, 2012, 5:03 PM by Karthik R   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 5:03 PM ]
Much of this year’s success is thanks to the HAWC Dental Nutrition Clinic, which gives nutrition classes to low-income families whose children need dental operations. This was the perfect fit because with our coupons, families could apply what they had learned in class.

The following chart compares our program to the government’s similar program, WIC FMNP, which operates in over 30 other states. We calculated the number of participants who signed up, divided by the number who spent their coupons, for each clinic. We realized that many may claim to want fresh produce coupons, but not all will actually go to the farmers’ market to spend them. Fortunately, we only pay farmers for coupons which they redeemed, so no money is wasted on unspent coupons.

We are proud to be partners with the Dental Nutrition Clinic, which has effectively integrated FFFK into their overall program. For next year, we plan to help HAWC Medical Center and other interested clinics do the same. In addition to getting their patients to spend coupons, the clinic also collected the following survey data regarding the effectiveness of the program.




Did you spend any of your own money on fruits or vegetables?



Did the program make your children interested in eating more fruits and vegetables?



Did the program inspire you to feed your children more fruits and vegetables year round?