The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative Case Study: Christian Food Market, Philadelphia PA


Christian Food Market, located in south Philadelphia, is a community hub where many residents go to buy their groceries.In April of 2011 the store upgraded to offer healthier foods including adding a single door refrigerator and a produce rack and baskets, which allowed the store to greatly increase its inventory of fresh produce and low-fat dairy products. This case study looks at improvements to the store.

Building Successful Food Hubs in Illinois


A resource for communities, businesses, not-for-profits, and others interested in establishing food hubs. This guide includes descriptions of key functions, best practices, and “how-to” strategies for food hub establishment and operation that are based on successful models operating in other regions that have been specifically adapted for application in Illinois.

Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities


This PolicyLink report lifts up emerging solutions that can improve health, spark economic development, and help transform underserved communities into communities of opportunity.

New Markets Tax Credits And Urban Supermarkets


A detailed guide to New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) transactions to finance urban supermarkets. The guide describes the power as well as limitations of NMTC financing and provides in-depth case studies as examples.

Equitable Development Toolkit - Farmers Markets


This tool details the challenges associated with starting and sustaining farmers’ markets in low-income communities of color, as well as some of the successful strategies that have been used to overcome those challenges. It shares possible funding sources both for starting and running farmers’ markets, and it looks at policy considerations for farmers’ markets operating in these communities.

New study finds a new supermarket improves health, food security and economic status


NEW! Study finds a new supermarket improves health, food security and economic status

Can the Introduction of a Full-Service Supermarket in a Food Desert Improve Residents’ Economic Status and Health?

Richardson et al. Annals of Epidemiology, Dec 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.10.011.

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The community that received a new supermarket experienced less food insecurity, fewer new cases of high cholesterol and arthritis, and lower SNAP participation over time when compared to a similar community that did not receive a supermarket. The supermarket community also saw trends of increasing resident incomes and fewer new cases of diabetes. Both study communities are predominantly African-American (95%) and low-income, which are groups most affected by health disparities. While economic gains can be associated with gentrification, researchers found that less than 1% of the supermarket study community moved away from the neighborhood. Therefore local residents enrolled in the study were not pushed out by improvements. This study provides strong evidence that introducing a new supermarket in a previously underserved community brings health and economic gains for local residents.

Grocery Store Attraction Strategies


This report provides nuts and bolts resources to help communities organize a coordinated strategy for grocery store attraction. Throughout the document available resources are provided that can be used to attract new grocery stores to underserved communities.