CFCC's Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Program Backgrounder
Fruit and vegetable voucher programs have been increasingly used in the past decade to reduce financial barriers to healthy food, to improve health, and to support local farmers. These programs offer some form of monetary voucher that can be used to purchase fresh produce. With a target audience of low-income individuals and families, such programs strive to improve household food security and support overall health, with a long term objective of reducing diet-related disease. Usually implemented through farmers’ markets, the programs also incentivize the purchase of locally grown foods.
This backgrounder provides an overview of prominent fruit and vegetable voucher program models and their impacts, and highlights examples of such programs in action throughout North America.