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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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Reports | Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | 2016

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2016

After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared with to a generation ago. The federal government has several sources that track obesity rates among children and teens, including the National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey and three major studies that track national trends and rates within some...

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Reports | New York Academy of Medicine | 2016

Food and Nutrition: Hard Truths about Eating Healthy

The seventh and final report in the “City Voices: New Yorkers on Health” series, “Food and Nutrition: Hard Truths about Eating Healthy” shows that while food stamps and food pantries are critical resources, they are falling short when it comes to helping low-income New Yorkers maintain healthy eating habits. The report is the result of surveys and focus groups conducted in Manhattan, Brooklyn,...

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Reports | U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service | 2016

Household Food Security in the United States in 2015

In 2015, 42.2 million people in 15.8 million households were food insecure at some point during the year, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service in the new report Household Food Security in the United States in 2015. The concept of “food security” is used by the USDA to measure a household’s ability to access adequate food....

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Fact Sheets | Safe Routes to School National Partnership | 2016

Safe Routes to Healthy Food

This fact sheet explores the benefits of making healthy food accessible by foot, bike, or transit, and highlights examples of how businesses, agencies, and nonprofits are taking action to improve transportation options to healthy food.

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Reports | Center for Disease Control and Prevention | 2016

Perspectives of Urban Corner Store Owners and Managers on Community Health Problems and Solutions

Urban corner store interventions have been implemented to improve access to and promote purchase of healthy foods. However, the perspectives of store owners and managers, who deliver and shape these interventions in collaboration with nonprofit, government, and academic partners, have been largely overlooked. We sought to explore the views of store owners and managers on the role of their...

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Reports | Healthy Eating Research | 2016

Minimum Stocking Levels and Marketing Strategies of Healthful Foods for Small Retail Food Stores

The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Communities with predominantly white residents have two to four
times more supermarkets and large-chain grocery stores than communities of color. In contrast, lower-income and communities of color have more small food outlets,...
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Approximately 1 Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016 as State Waivers Expire

Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children.  These individuals will lose their food assistance benefits after three months regardless of how hard they...

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WEBINAR-Funding Your Healthy Food Project with USDA Resources

As a nation, we must foster a food system that ensures urban and rural communities have access to fresh and healthy foods; small and mid-size farmers can produce and market food in an economically and sustainable manner; and consumers have the resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.
 
This webinar introduces the audience to several programs at the United States Department of...
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Profile: Nojaim Brothers Supermarket and the New York Healthy Food and Healthy Communities (HFHC) Fund

The Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, Syracuse’s only independently owned grocery store, and a community hub — faced possible closure in 2010 due to dated infrastructure and decades of population and economic decline.
 
In addition to renovating his store, Paul Nojaim is working to help revitalize the Near Westside neighborhood. Through his leadership, the store is collaborating with St. Joseph’s...
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