Intertribal Food Systems

Overview

Because for far too long, tribal communities have been separated from their lands and disconnected from traditional foods – putting their tribal culture and health in peril. A movement is happening to rewrite this history of inequity. Tribal communities are returning to traditional practices of the past to remedy problems of the present.

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative profiles 40 tribal-led projects that are shaking up current food systems. These are just a snapshot of the exciting efforts improving the health of communities across Indian Country.

Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities

Overview

Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities, published as a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service focuses on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity. This resource offers a compilation of research, essays and reports that explores the potential for the growing popularity of locally sourced food to be harnessed to boost economic opportunities for rural and urban communities.

Access to Public Benefits among Dual Eligible Seniors Reduces Risk of Nursing Home and Hospital Admission and Cuts Costs

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Benefits Data Trust (BDT) set out with a team of highly skilled researchers to determine what impact the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had on healthcare utilization and costs. The results of this compelling research are available in this policy brief.

The study is the first to examine the association between SNAP and both hospital and nursing home utilization. Researchers studied the entire population of 69,000 Maryland seniors on Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles). Individual-level medical claims data were cross-matched against SNAP enrollment data, and used to analyze the impact of SNAP on healthcare utilization and costs. 

Food as a Catalyst for Community Change - FoodLab Detroit

Overview

FoodLab Detroit is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality by designing, building, and maintaintaining systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

This photo essay documents FoodLab's Annual Network Gathering, where invited designers, policy experts, food justice activists, FoodLab member businesses and community leaders worked to address the problem of economic inequality and the rise of the working poor in Detroit by ensuring that good food and good jobs are accessible to all people.

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Building a Model for Good Food + Good Jobs: FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council Co-Lab #3

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FoodLab Detroit is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality by designing, building, and maintaintaining systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

Throughout the first two collaborative work sessions, FoodLab Detroit's community of good food entrepreneurs, with the help of The Work Department, was able to develop a set of guiding principles and expectations for food businesses who wish to contribute to the creation of good food and good jobs. This photo essay captures this process, including the final co-lab whereby members reviewed these principles and ensured that this tool truly reflected their community's values prior to publication.

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Redefining Good Food + Good Jobs: FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council Co-Lab #2

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FoodLab Detroit is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality by designing, building, and maintaintaining systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

Throughout the second of three co-labs, the FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council members worked to further refine what it means to be a provider of good food and good jobs. This photo essay captures this process, where members worked to edit those definitions to ensure that those definitions articulated the core values of FoodLab Detroit, and painted a clear picture of the vibrant, local food economy that we envision.

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Establishing Principles for Good Food, Good Jobs: FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council Co-Lab #1

Overview

FoodLab Detroit is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality by designing, building, and maintaintaining systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

In partnership with the Work Department, a women-led social innovation design firm, the FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council members participated in a series of three interactive working sessions over the course of six weeks to define the core principles that enable the creation of Good Food and Good Jobs. This photo essay documents this engaging process.

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Community Economic Development Funding through HHS

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This short fact sheet provides an overview of Community Economic Development (CED) funding through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) to support healthy food access initiatives, including: background, project eligibility, application instructions, as well as examples of projects funded through HFFI efforts at HHS. 

HFFI Funding at CDFI Fund

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This short fact sheet provides an overview of Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) funding through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program. Included is information about the program background, project eligibility, application instructions, as well as examples of projects funded through HFFI efforts at CDFI Fund. 

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Food Retail Environment

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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease provides lessons learned and innovative ideas on how to maximize the effects of policy, systems and environmental improvement strategies—all with the goal of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. 

The "Maximizing Healthy Food and Beverage Strategies to Advance Health Equity" section provides equity-oriented considerations, key partners, and community examples related to the design and implementation of key strategies, including those impacting the community food retail environment.

Other strategies include:

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Healthy Restaurants and Catering Trucks

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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease provides lessons learned and innovative ideas on how to maximize the effects of policy, systems and environmental improvement strategies—all with the goal of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. 

The "Maximizing Healthy Food and Beverage Strategies to Advance Health Equity" section provides equity-oriented considerations, key partners, and community examples related to the design and implementation of key strategies, including healthy restaurants and catering trucks.

Other strategies include:

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Healthy Food in School, Afterschool, and Early Care and Education Environments

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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease provides lessons learned and innovative ideas on how to maximize the effects of policy, systems and environmental improvement strategies—all with the goal of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. 

The "Maximizing Healthy Food and Beverage Strategies to Advance Health Equity" section provides equity-oriented considerations, key partners, and community examples related to the design and implementation of key strategies, including food served in schools, afterschool, and early care and education environments.

Other strategies include:

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Food Access through Land Use Planning and Policies

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A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease provides lessons learned and innovative ideas on how to maximize the effects of policy, systems and environmental improvement strategies—all with the goal of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. 

The "Maximizing Healthy Food and Beverage Strategies to Advance Health Equity" section provides equity-oriented considerations, key partners, and community examples related to the design and implementation of key strategies, including land use planning and policies.

Other strategies include:

HFFI Impacts: The Nationwide Success of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives

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This digital report aims to provide champions, allies and stakeholders with the background, data and resources to demonstrate the impact and success of healthy food financing efforts. Advocates will find the framework for evaluating the impacts of HFFI, case studies, as well as the accomplishments achieved by project investments and HFFI programs across the country. 

Increasing Equitable Food Access through the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network

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The Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) is at the forefront of improving the healthy food offerings of corner stores in Los Angeles’ communities of color by transforming corner markets into a convenient and healthy food retail option for residents. This case study explores how HNMN’s leadership development, technical assistance and creative partnerships can result in mutual benefits for corner store owners and the community.

HFFI Telling Your Story 2017

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On May 3 & 4, 2017, nearly 150 stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Sixth Annual National Convening on Healthy Food Access to discuss the progress, impact, and future of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). 

On day two, grantees of the federal HFFI program and other stakeholders travelled to Capitol Hill to share stories about healthy food access projects and efforts with Congressional Members and staff. This handout includes key tips and strategies utilized by attendees to help their elected officials learn about the critical program and its impact in their respective states and districts.

Read more about the convening in this section, 2017 HFFI Convening Reflections.

HFFI Talking Points 2017

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On May 3 & 4, 2017, nearly 150 stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Sixth Annual National Convening on Healthy Food Access to discuss the progress, impact, and future of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). This handout includes core messages designed to assit you when speaking about the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to partners, the media, or congressional staffers.

Read more about the convening in this section, 2017 HFFI Convening Reflections.

HFFI Convening Panel Summaries 2017

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On May 3 & 4, 2017, nearly 150 stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Sixth Annual National Convening on Healthy Food Access to discuss the progress, impact, and future of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). This handout includes summaries of the plenary and panel sesssions.

Read more about the convening in this section, 2017 HFFI Convening Reflections.

Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies

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The Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies is a resource for local governments to learn about food system policies from around the globe. The database provides copies of legislations, plans, funding allocations, or other public actions authorized or implemented by cities, municipalities, regions and sub-national governments.

Built Environment Journal Special Edition: Planning for Equitable Urban and Regional Food Systems

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How does and can planning and design enhance the freedom and wellbeing of marginalized actors in the food system – low-income residents, people of colour, small-holder farmers, and refugees – the very people the alternative food movements purport to serve? That is the question of concern in this special issue in which authors from across the Global North and South explore the role of planning and design in communities’ food systems, while explicitly considering the imbalances in equity, justice, and power.

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