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Double Dollar Incentive Program Expands

The Double Dollar Incentive Program, which provides a dollar for dollar match on fruit and vegetable purchases for SNAP and WIC clients, is expanding to the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley (Toney Burger Center).

The Double Dollar Incentive Program was first introduced at the SFC Farmers’ Market East, and has been a great success. Over 600 customers took advantage of the program and brought home twice as many fruits and vegetables to their families! SNAP and WIC clients will now have a second location where they can receive a $1 for $1 match on their fruit and vegetable purchases, up to a $10 match per week. This expansion is made possible through funding from St. David’s Foundation and the City of Sunset Valley, with technical assistance from Wholesome Wave.

Vote for SFC’s SXSW Interactive Panel Today!

SXSWAdvisory Council member, Tom Philpott of Mother Jones, is co-pitching with Community Relations Director, Susan Leibrock. Public voting through Aug. 31 has a huge impact on whether our panel is picked, so thank you for helping SFC be selected—click here to vote!

Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival

Lights Camera HelpSFC films are competing in the Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival Sept. 12-14 so come and cheer us on!

Full schedule and tickets available here.

Cooking up an Evaluation
by Rachel Pauley

Rachel PauleySFC is probably used to volunteers coming and going, but I am sure that I was one new face this summer that never seemed to leave! As part of another exciting collaboration with the UT School of Public Health (UTSPH), an opportunity “cropped up” for me to “cook up” an evaluation for The Happy Kitchen’s cooking and nutrition classes, as part of an internship for my Masters program. The idea that Joy (The Happy Kitchen Director) envisioned was to measure different aspects of participants’ life that may have changed since completing the program, such as use of healthy cooking oils, use of the nutrition facts label, or intake of leafy greens.

Click here to read more about Rachel's experience creating this exciting program evaluation!

Calling all Future Citizen Gardeners!

The fall season of Citizen Gardener is underway! This class is for you if you want to turn your bare ground or Bermuda grass lawn into raised-garden beds that are small enough to manage, but big enough to provide real food. This hands-on course covers Central Texas-specific topics and addresses the challenges and benefits to growing in our climate. Learn about composting, rainwater harvesting, mulching components, bio-intensive gardening, bed-building and more in one of our 3 part, 10 hour class series. For more information, registration, and a list of upcoming classes visit our events page!

Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Ferry

Liz FerryHave you been past the Taste Tent on a Saturday at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley? If you have lately, you’ve likely tasted a peach, a tomato, cheese, pesto, figs, and jujubes. Have you noticed the individual behind the table: Those folks chopping and preparing those delectable treats?

For the last 2 ½ years, one of those individuals is Liz. She’s been a steady fixture at the Taste Tent, mainly at Sunset Valley, and will talk to just about anybody about fresh and local food and why THIS is the best food.

Click here to read more about Liz and why she loves volunteering with SFC!

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS!

SFC is excited to partner with: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Generous Art LLC, National Instruments, Whole Foods Market, and St. David’s Foundation!

Can you help provide food access to Central Texans in need this summer?


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Whole Foods Market 5% Giving Day benefiting SFC is Sept. 12! We'll host DIY workshops all day in all four local stores: gardening, preserving, homebrewing + YOUR IDEAS - tweet them to @WholeFoodsATX!


Join Us for the 4th Annual
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October 27, 2012
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Ecopocalypse

The founders of Ecopocalypse invite you to Día de los Muertos: A gala to benefit the Sustainable Food Center! This morbidly glamorous evening will be held on October 18th at the Pecan Street Café and Coppertank Event Center. Come taste food from ten of your favorite restaurants in town and witness Austin’s own chef competition. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


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