Profile: Corbin Hill Food Project

Overview

The Corbin Hill Food Project (CHFP) is working to bridge the gap between farm communities growing local produce and city communities that want and need healthy food. By building upon food hub and community supported agriculture (CSA) retail models, CHFP connects family-owned farms upstate to black, Latino, and immigrant residents. In line with the organization’s food justice mission that incorporates healthy food advocacy and community-based programming, CHFP has created a Farm Share program that seeks to attract urban populations that are traditionally not members of CSAs.

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WEBINAR-Working with Community Development Financial Institutions

Overview

CDFIs are mission-driven organizations that work in economically distressed communities underserved by conventional financial institutions and capital markets. CDFIs have taken the lead across the country providing financing for healthy food retail and food system development. This webinar will introduce the audience to CDFIs and feature different financial products that CDFIs can use to finance your healthy food projects and provide examples of successful projects.

WEBINAR-Engaging Community Partners to Support Healthy Food Retail

Overview

Over the past several years, healthy food retail has become an effective strategy for improving the economic health and well-being of communities. Community leaders, businesses, nonprofits, and local government are recognizing the key to a successful operation often hinges on community involvement and participation. The integration of community in planning and development is essential to successfully increase access to healthy foods, create jobs, and provide communities with new or improved place-based spaces that encourage neighborhood revitalization.
 
This webinar discusses how healthy food retail developers are engaging community stakeholders to ensure local residents have a stake in, benefit from, and have greater access to healthy foods. Speakers in this webinar discuss how equitable development is a sustainable growth model and strategy to ensure residents benefit from having additional retail in their neighborhoods.
 
Webinar speakers include:
 
--Mary Lee, Deputy Director, PolicyLink (Moderator)
 
--Donna Leuchten, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, Uplift Solutions
 
--Esther Park, Community Outreach Coordinator, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
 
--Mariela Cedeño, Director, Social Enterprise and Microfinance, Mandela Marketplace

WEBINAR-Knowing the Basics: Food Access 101

Overview

A webinar about the basics of healthy food access and the resources available on this portal. Presenters discuss how to make the case for healthy food retail solutions in local communities and innovative solutions.

WEBINAR-Food Access & Economic Impacts: Trends & New Research

Overview

Studies have shown that healthy food retail improves the economic health and well-being of communities, and can help to revitalize struggling business districts by supplying local jobs; creating foot traffic; and attracting complementary stores and services like banks, pharmacies, and restaurants. Healthy food retail can also increase or stabilize home values in nearby neighborhoods, generate local tax revenues, and promote additional spending in the local economy. This webinar provides the latest research on the economic impact of healthy food retail and explores how new healthy food retail provides jobs and other positive economic impacts to surrounding communities.

Profile: Green City Growers Cooperative

Overview

Green City Growers Cooperative (GCGC) is a cooperative urban greenhouse in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio. GCGC provides an example of an innovative and employee-owned food production enterprise that is revitalizing Cleveland’s Central neighborhood while providing quality employment opportunities, building community wealth and assets, and promoting healthy food access both in the neighborhood and citywide.

Profile: Common Market

Overview

Common Market is a regional food hub in Philadelphia, PA. Their mission is to strengthen regional farms by connecting farmers to over 150 public and private institutions. This profile includes project highlights and impacts.

Profile: Mariposa Food Co-op

Overview

Mariposa Food Co-op operates as a full-service, cooperatively-owned and -operated grocery store in Philadelphia, PA. With more than 1,500 members they are active leaders in the cooperative movement. They currently employ 45 people, making them one of the neighborhood’s largest employers. This profile highlights the Co-op's impact on the local community and the funding and financing behind their recent expansion.

Profile: Fare & Square

Overview

Fare & Square is the culmination of numerous attempts to attract healthy food retailers to the severely distressed city of Chester, PA. Owned and operated by Philabundance, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, this 16,000-square-foot, nonprofit grocery store offers shoppers convenient access to “good food right around the corner” that has not been available in a grocery store format for more than a decade.

Profile: Healthy Neighborhood Store Project

Overview

The Healthy Neighborhood Store project (HNS) in Omaha, Nebraska is working to improve access to healthy food for the one-third of Douglas County residents by partnering with small neighborhood stores to improve healthy food offerings and support community health. HNS is working with 10 stores ranging in size from three to 45 employees, and reaching 50,000 low-income Omaha residents. As a result of these efforts, HNS has improved sales of healthy items in these stores, while changing customers’ perceptions toward neighborhood store food offerings.

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