FreshLink works with community partners
to increase access to healthy food in Cleveland and East Cleveland, Ohio. FreshLink does this by evaluating and improving how people receiving SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) use farmers’ markets and the Produce Perks
FreshLink Vision: FreshLink bridges residents to resources to foster healthy communities.
FreshLink Mission: To increase farmers' market use among people receiving SNAP benefits through peer-to-peer outreach to promote awareness of and social connectedness to markets.
FreshLink is a 5-year research project that includes the following phases:
- PHASE 1: An extensive survey of SNAP recipients regarding use and experience with farmers' markets
- PHASE 2: In-depth interview research about food habits and social networks
- PHASE 3: Developing the model for and recruiting FreshLink Ambassadors to promote farmers' market use throughout the community
- PHASE 4: Disseminating the FreshLink model and providing technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and communities interested in adopting this model within their own context
Learn more about the FreshLink Ambassador Model!