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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2014

Grow Your Business with Equity: Strategies to Advance Equity in Farmers' Markets

Bringing a farmers’ market into your neighborhood offers great opportunities to advanceequity in your community. Involving the local community not only helps strengthen business but also contributes to the economic vitality of the area. This resource provides some strategies for creating farmers’ markets where all community members can participate and prosper.
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Grow Your Business with Equity: Strategies to Advance Equity in Food Hubs

Food hubs have the potential to create a more equitable food system that values quality jobs, healthy food access, local economic growth, small business development, and sustainable agriculture. Food hubs designed with these equity considerations can provide opportunities for growers and producers, aggregators and distributors, and the consumer. This resource outlines strategies for developing...

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Grow Your Business with Equity: Strategies to Advance Equity in Grocery Stores and Food Co-ops

Grocery stores and food co-ops can improve health outcomes, increase employment opportunities, spur economic development, and create access to opportunity for residents of low-income communities and communities of color. Integrating equity into your economic plan will help grow your grocery store or food co-op. This resource includes some strategies to increase store profits by buildinga...

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Notes from Health Affairs article: “New Neighborhood Grocery Store Increased Awareness of Food Access But Did Not Alter Dietary Habits or Obesity”

The recent passage of the 2014 farm bill has spurred new discussion and attention to food and agriculture policy. In particular, the media has focused considerable attention on the issue of healthy food access, its relationship to obesity, and policies improving access to healthy, fresh food. Research demonstrates that without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet is out of reach. The...

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The Basic Questions to Consider When Getting Started

When starting to think about building a healthy food project or program in your community, it is important to address some basic considerations and questions as you prepare your effort. The following is a quick summary of those key considerations. 
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Profile: Corbin Hill Food Project

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...

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Public Private Partnership Primer

Public-private partnerships (PPPs or P3s) are government initiatives or private business ventures that are funded with dollars from both the public and private sectors. PPPs have been implemented across the country in the form of local, state, and federal financing programs to promote healthy food retail. By helping retailers overcome the high cost related to food retail development, these...

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WEBINAR-Engaging Community Partners to Support Healthy Food Retail

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...
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WEBINAR-Growing and Funding Equitable Food Hubs

 Learn how you can develop an equitable food hub in your own community.  This webinar highlights how food hub operations are creating a more equitable and inclusive food system and discuss lessons learned and strategies for success.

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Profile: Circle Food Store

The reopening of Circle Food Store in New Orleans is part of the city's commitment to improve the business and economic infrastructure of the Seventh Ward after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.  A predominately African American, low- to moderate-income community, many residents struggle to access healthy food. With funding from the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI)...

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Profile: Desert Rain Food Service, Tohono O'odham Nation

For the Tohono O'odham Tribe in southwestern and central Arizona, food is the foundation of health, culture, community, family, and economies. Since 1996, the grassroots community organization Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) has been dedicated to improving the health, cultural vitality, sustainability, and economic revitalization for the Tohono O’odham Nation.

This fall, thanks to...

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Profile: Mandela MarketPlace

Mandela MarketPlace grew out of grassroots community organizing efforts to shift resource dynamics, giving residents access to healthy food retail and neighborhood development funding. Incorporated in 2004, Mandela MarketPlace is a nonprofit organization that currently works in partnership with local farmers, local residents, and community-based businesses to build health, wealth, and assets...

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Profile: MyTown Marketplace

MyTown Marketplace, a supermarket that serves the Highland Falls community of New York State, opened in 2011 with a grant provided by the New York Healthy Food Healthy Communities (HFHC) Fund.  The HFHC Fund is a healthy food financing program that supports healthy food retail projects in communities where residents struggle with limited access to healthy foods. The HFHC Fund is administered...

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Profile: Northgate Market

Northgate Markets, a family-owned grocer with 34 locations in Southern California, responded to Inglewood residents’ request for better access to healthy food.  Located southwest of Los Angeles, Inglewood is a diverse community, with large African American and Latino populations.  Coming out of the Great Recession, the Inglewood community has continued to face economic hardships, with 21...

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Profile: R&G Family Grocers' Mobile Market

In 2010, the Healthy Community Store Initiative (HCSI) was created as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to enhancing the health of Oklahomans. The only nearby food retailers are convenience stores which do not sell the healthiest of fare and not at the most economical of prices. With these challenges in mind, HCSI began R&G Family Grocers which does business as the Real Good Food truck, a...
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WEBINAR- Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative: Healthy Food Access, Healthy Communities

Advocacy efforts to improve access to healthy food at the local, state, and federal level have led to the creation of financing programs to support healthy food retail in underserved communities nationwide.

One key effort, Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative, led by the American Heart Association and The Food Trust, is advocating for state-wide policies to promote healthy food financing and...

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