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Webinars | US Department of Health and Human Services | 2016

CED and CED-HFFI Funding Opportunity Announcements

This session presented information about the CED and CED-HFFI grant competition, based on the CED and CED-HFFI funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). It outlined the programs’ purposes and strategies, provided tips and tools for submitting an application for CED or CED-HFFI funding, and identified key application criteria and requirements.

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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2016

Profile: Portland Mercado

The Latino community in Portland, Oregon, has grown rapidly in the last 20 years, from 3.3 percent of Portlanders to 11 percent, and by 2040 it is estimated that 23 percent of the city’s residents will be Latino. This growth, however, has not been accompanied by increases in opportunity.

Recognizing the important link between access to healthy food, economic opportunity, community building,...

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Tools | United States Department of Agriculture | 2016

The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices

The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. The Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments.

Using real-world projects, experiences, and...

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Research | The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis | 2016

Healthy Food Access: A View of the Landscape in Minnesota and Lessons Learned from Healthy Food Financing Initiatives - Summary

This study explored healthy food financing initiatives (HFFIs)—one possible solution for expanding healthy food access in underserved communities. HFFIs are public-private funds that offer flexible capital in the form of loans and grants to developers and operators of food retail businesses. Interviews with managers of existing funds throughout the United States reveal that: 
 
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Reports | John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future | 2016

Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement

This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a largescale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for...

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Tools | King Conservation District | 2016

King Conservation District Infrastructure Mapping Tool

In collaboration with King County and the Cascade Harvest Coalition, the King Conservation District has developed an easy-to-use online tool that farmers, cottage industry business owners, facility owners, and policy makers can access to expand opportunities for local food production in King County. The new tool provides access to information about more than 400 food system facilities in King...

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Reports | Seeds of Native Health | 2016

Seeds of Native Health: A Campaign for Indigenous Nutrition Semi-Annual Report

Since 2015, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, First Nations Development Institute and the Notah Begay III Foundation have funded 38 distinct nutrition-related projects run by tribes and Native-led organizations through the Seeds of Native Health campaign, with additional partnerships with the American Heart Association and University of Minnesota and the University of Arkansas to shape...

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Reports | Union of Concerned Scientists | 2016

The Devastating Consequences of Unequal Food Access: The Role of Race and Income in Diabetes

This study by Union of Concerned Scientists is the first to show that living near healthy food retailers is associated with lower diabetes rates across all U.S. counties. The impact on diabetes rates is even more pronounced in counties with above average populations of color, which is significant given that communities of color are disproportionately affected by this tragic and costly...

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Fact Sheets | University of Minnesota Extension, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships | 2016

Rural Grocery Store Survey: At-a-Glance

This fact sheet is the first in a series that share “at-a-glance” findings from questions related to what it is like to run a grocery store in rural Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) worked with the Minnesota Center for Survey Research to conduct a statewide survey of Minnesota’s rural grocers, with the findings presented here. 

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Reports | USDA Rural Development | 2016

Running a Food Hub: Assessing Financial Viability

This report is volume 3 of USDA’s food hub technical report series and provides modules, best practices, and financial benchmarks for different stages of business development for food hubs to assess their own financial viability and assist in making strategic business decisions to maximize profits and control costs.

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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2016

Profile: Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund

In 2013, Virginia Community Capital (VCC) launched the Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund to enhance access to nutritious foods in Virginia’s inner cities, small towns, and rural communities. As a community development financial institution (CDFI), VCC supports small businesses and community development projects by offering flexible capital, investment opportunities, and advisory services.

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Academic Articles | American Journal of Public Health | 2016

Effects of Proximity to Supermarkets on a Randomized Trial Studying Interventions for Obesity

This study assessed whether proximity to a supermarket modified the effects of an obesity intervention for participating children aged 6 to 12 years with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile. Authors found that living closer to a supermarket is associated with greater improvements in fruit and vegetable intake and weight status in an obesity intervention. 

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Reports | California Institute for Rural Studies | 2016

Assessing and Addressing Farm Worker Food Security, Yolo County, 2015

California Institute for Rural Studies assessed the food assistance resources in Yolo County and the level of food insecurity among selected Yolo County farm workers living in a rural food desert. The project was designed to address the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program priorities by determining the level of farm worker food security and planning long-term solutions...
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Resource Guide | Santa Barbara County | 2016

Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan

The Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan is a strategy-based community “blueprint” for an accessible, thriving, sustainable, and healthy food system. It addresses every aspect of the food system in a way that supports healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment.
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Publications | National Association of Convenience Stores and United Fresh Produce Association | 2016

Convenience Store Distribution Options for Fresh Produce

Published by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the United Fresh Produce Association, this new resource looks at distribution options available to store owners and provides an overview of the various options available to retailers seeking to increase their fresh produce offerings.

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Tools | ChangeLab Solutions | 2016

Healthy Retail: A Set of Tools for Policy and Partnership

Developed by ChangeLab Solutions, this set of tools, including a playbook and policy poster, conversation starter, and collaboration workbook offers resources for, offers framing, strategies, and examples to develop a comprehensive approach to improving the healthy food retail environment.
 
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Tools | ChangeLab Solutions | 2016

Retail Environment Conversation Starters

This set of 4 one-pagers introduces the rationale behind and benefits of a comprehensive approach to the retail environment. Use the sample talking points in each of the conversation starters below to identify shared goals and make the case for collaboration.

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Tools | ChangeLab Solutions | 2016

Healthy Retail Collaboration Workbook

This step-by-step guide discusses strategies for forming 
a partnership among tobacco control, nutrition, and excessive alcohol use prevention programs. Read the examples and case studies to see partnerships in action, and use the activities, scripts, and worksheets to build relationships of your own.
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