Vouchers for Veggies: EatSF in the SF Examiner!
EatSF was the featured cover story for the SF Examiner this past Monday, September 7, 2015. The article highlighted the all-too-real issue of food insecurity in San Francisco, even during a time in which the city seems to be booming.
According to the latest Food Security in San Francisco report, in 2012 there were 67.8 million meals missed among 226,000 residents who were living below the federal poverty line. And, 1 in 4 San Franciscans are at risk of being food insecure and struggle to attain and prepare enough nutritious food to support basic physical and mental health.
By providing vouchers to low-income households, particularly those with chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, EatSF is hoping to provide some much needed access to healthy fruits and vegetables to those that need them the most.
As Stephen Tennis, an EatSF participant, said “I’m just thinking a lot more about eating healthier. The voucher nudges me to do the right thing. You cannot eat any better than fruits and vegetables.” When talking about how the program helps him stretch his food budget further, he said “It makes a difference. You don’t think that $20 a month is a lot but it really is, especially for me.”
For more information of EatSF, read the full article here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/city-offers-vouchers-for-fruits-veggies/