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Resource Guide | Center for Disease Control and Prevention | 2015

Healthier Food Retail Action Guide

This resource provides guidance on how to develop, implement, and partner on initiatives in food retail settings. We hope this resource will help you in your work to improve access, availability, and affordability of healthier foods and beverages in your state.   
 
This Action Guide is unique in that it is organized around public health roles, particularly at the state level. 
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Resource Guide | Center for Disease Control and Prevention | 2015

Nutrition: Strategies and Resources

This resource provides an overview of how to develop a state or community assessment in food retail settings.  This version contains more details and ‘how-to’ information for practitioners to use. These assessments can help identify disparities in peoples’ ability to access affordable, nutritious foods. The document takes practitioners through a step-by-step process for conducting assessments,...

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Reports | The Food Trust | 2015

Fostering Community Benefits: How Food Access Nonprofits and Hospitals Can Work Together to Promote Wellness

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, nonprofit hospitals are required to provide benefits to the communities they serve to keep a tax-exempt status. In the past, nonprofit hospitals have met this requirement by providing care to uninsured or underinsured patients. Now that the Affordable Care Act has expanded insurance coverage to these populations, hospitals are...
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Reports | Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, | 2015

Mapping Baltimore City's Food Environment

This report and analysis will guide us in creating and expanding specific food access strategies and policies that will promote equitable access to healthy
affordable food for all residents.
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Webinars | PolicyLink | 2015

Local Food Procurement 101: Policies and Programs

Food procurement– how and from whom food is purchased – matters when it comes to ensuring the health and well-being for millions of families, workers, and consumers. Local Food Procurement improves access to healthy food for low income families and communities of color and also creates good, quality jobs resulting in significant benefits to workers including increased wealth, quality of life,...
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Reports | New Entry Sustainable Farming Project | 2015

Community Food Projects Indicators of Success

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFP) was started in 1996 with the aim of fighting food insecurity through the development of community food projects that promote the self-sufficiency of lowincome communities. Since 1996 this program has awarded approximately $85 million to organizations nationally (Community Food Projects, 2015). 
 
In order to determine the collective...
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Video | Center for Science in the Public Interest | 2015

Anatomy of a Supermarket Purchase

Of course we make the decisions about what to eat and feed our families. But what influences the choices we make?  Our new video “Anatomy of a Supermarket Purchase” highlights several strategies food companies use to influence what people buy and eat. 
 
Drawing from advances in psychology and companies’ own marketing strategies, our video shows how companies are able to influence the food...
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Reports | United States Department of Agriculture | 2015

Nutrition Assistance in Farmers Markets: Understanding the Shopping Patterns of SNAP Participants

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks to expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods through farmers markets (FMs) among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. As such, the FNS has funded a portfolio of three large-scale studies regarding different aspects of how farmers markets function within SNAP....
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Reports | The American Heart Association and Voices for Healthy Kids | 2015

Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities

This report, Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities, explores the complex historical and
contemporary challenges to Native American healthy food access, childhood obesity, and health disparities. Looking frst at the historical context of colonization,
the treatment of Native Americans as sovereign Tribal Nations, and the...
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Reports | Center for Science in the Public Interest | 2015

Temptation at Checkout: The Food Industry’s Sneaky Strategy for Selling More Full Report

This report examines one reason why it is so difficult to eat well in America today: retail marketing manipulates food choices (Kerr, 2012). We conclude that with high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases due to poor nutrition, the retail environment should be
shaped not only by economic drivers but also by public health considerations. We propose beginning with the checkout...
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Tools | Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma County Food System Alliance | 2015

Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan

Building on the work of the 2011 Sonoma County Food Forum and2011 Sonoma County Community Food Assessment, the Sonoma County Food System Alliance (SCFSA) and the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services developed the Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan (Action Plan). The Action Plan provides a road map with a shared community vision and goals for the local food system,...

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Tools | West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition | 2015

A Library for West Virginia Good Food Champions

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition has compiled a growing library of free resources for farmers, food businesses, advocates, and others to explore studies and reports focused on local food in the West Virginia region. Reports include assessments of food hubs, the FSMA produce rule and cooperatives, among others. 

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Tools | The Food Policy Networks project | 2015

Map of Food Policy Councils and Conveners

The Food Policy Networks project has developed a map utilizing GIS technology that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level. The map includes FPCs listed in the FPC Directory, which is based on FPN’s annual survey of food policy councils across North America.

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Tools | The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic | 2015

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Food Policy to Work in the Navajo

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, in partnership with Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE) and the Navajo Nation put together a toolkit aimed to bolster efforts to increase food sovereignty on the Navajo Nation. By providing resources on a wide range of policy topics, the toolkit provides information for community leaders, advocates, and governments to better...

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Academic Articles | Shape Up Somerville, Health and Human Services Department, City of Somerville | 2015

Community Engagement Case Study of the Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market

The Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market, a food access initiative in Somerville, Massachusetts, is an example of community-municipality collaboration and a testament to the importance of community engagement, justice, and respect in the creation of a culturally relevant program. Traditional farmers' markets have been exclusive spaces catering to the white and elite, but through a community...
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Publications | CDFI Fund | 2015

CDFI Program Award Book

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is a collaboration between the USDA and HHS to improve healthy food access in low income communities across the country. A total of 11 organizations received $22,000,000 in grants and loans through the 2015 HFFI CDFI Award cycle. Learn key facts and statistics about the full group of awardees in the 2015 CDFI Award Book.
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Reports | USDA | 2015

Running A Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide

This report is part of a multi-volume technical report series entitled Running a Food Hub, with this guide serving as a companion piece to other United
States Department of Agriculture reports by providing in depth guidance on starting and running a food hub
enterprise. In order to compile the most current information on best management and operations practices, the authors used...
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Reports | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | 2015

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015

This year, RWJF announced an additional commitment of $500 million over the next 10 years to expand efforts to help all children grow up at a healthy
weight. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned is the importance of starting off in childhood — to set the
course and stay on track for a lifetime of better health. Building on key areas of work and progress accomplished,...
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Reports | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | 2015

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015

This year, RWJF announced an additional commitment of $500 million over the next 10 years to expand efforts to help all children grow up at a healthy
weight. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned is the importance of starting off in childhood — to set the
course and stay on track for a lifetime of better health. Building on key areas of work and progress accomplished,...
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