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

Overview

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. 

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. 

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. 

Food as a Catalyst for Community Change - FoodLab Detroit

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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.

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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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.

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.

Profile: Vicente's Supermarket

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For 20 years, Manuel Vicente Barbosa owned and operated a specialty food store in Brockton, Massachusetts, a small city south of Boston. In 2015, the family opened a second, 33,000-square-foot modern, full-service supermarket. The new store would not have been possible without the assistance of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

Developed by Reinvestment Fund, this profile Vicente's Supermarket documents how the project was supported, financed, and launched.

The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)

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The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC), a partnership of Fair Food Network, Food Research & Action Center, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Policy Link, Reinvestment Fund and The Food Trust, has worked with consumers, farmers, grocers, public health advocates and community development practitioners since 2012 to advance policies that:

  • Address food insecurity by protecting and improving SNAP benefit levels;
  • Support farmers and rural economies by using the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentives to help SNAP customers buy locally-grown fruits and vegetables;
  • Help grocers open and expand supermarkets in low-income communities through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative; and
  • Open new markets and build the local supply chain infrastructure to connects local food producers to regional markets.

Learn more about FAPC and their work in this brief report.

Healthy Food Policy Project

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The Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) identifies and elevates local laws that seek to promote access to healthy food, and also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

The Healthy Food Policy Project is a four-year collaboration of Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the Public Health Law Center, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This web site helps healthy food advocates, local policy makers, and local public health agencies in their quest to champion healthy food access in their communities and inclues a curated, searchable database of local healthy food policies.

Webinar: Increasing Healthy Food Access through Grocery Stores and Healthy Corner Stores

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The Food Trust's Center for Healthy Food Access presents the second in a series of webinars featuring the work of our grantees.

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Grocery Stores and Healthy Corner Stores shares lessons learned by national experts who have financed grocery store development and other healthy food retail in low-income urban and rural communities, and community-based grassroots organizations that have provided technical assistance and resources to small stores to help them sell healthy food.

Featured Speakers:

Sajan Philip, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), will discuss how LIIF has worked to increase access to healthy food retail in areas across the U.S. by increasing capital in low-income communities, and share lessons learned while implementing the New York Healthy Food Healthy Communities Initiative.

Juan Vila, The Food Trust, will discuss the work being done through the Good. To. Go. program to increase access to healthy food in corner stores in San José, CA, and elsewhere across the country.

Shamar Hemphill, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), will discuss IMAN’s work to strengthen relationships between communities and corner store owners in Chicago while starting a healthy corner store initiative.

Mary Elizabeth Evans, Hope Enterprise Corporation, will discuss Hope’s work implementing Healthy Food Financing Initiatives to increase access to fresh food retail in rural and urban areas in the Mid-South.

Running a Food Hub: Learning from Food Hub Closures

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The fourth volume in the USDA's food hub technical report series, the report draws on national data and case studies to understand why some food hubs have failed in an effort to learn from their mistakes and identify general lessons so new and existing food hubs can overcome barriers to success.  

Honor Capital: Building community, Navy vets band together to wipe out food deserts

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Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Honor Capital, a veteran-owned business with a dual mission to employ returning veterans and to alleviate food desert communities, partners with others dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities by building and operating Save-A-Lot grocery stores. 

This issue of the Grocery Entrepreneur discusses their work and plans to open and operate 10 grocery stores under the Save-A-Lot banner across Oklahoma food deserts. Together these stores, located in both urban and rural areas, will improve access for nearly 40,000 low-income households annually and create more than 270 permanent jobs.

County Office

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County Office is your quick reference guide for accurate, up-to-date information about all government offices and public records sources in your local area.

If you're trying to reach city, county, and state government offices anywhere in the Unites States, County Office providers users with accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information available.

This searchable database includes all types of government offices, including administrative, legal, health, tax, finance, commerce, education, property, social services, public works, law enforcement, emergency services, and judicial offices.

Innovations among Food Banks in the United States

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This new report by Reinvestment Fund and Bank of America looks at how food banks are adopting a variety of approaches within each of these categories to feed the hungry and permanently end food insecurity.

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.

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 Telling Your Story 2017

Overview

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.

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