Inclusive Engagement Toolkit for Community Food Projects Planning

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With the emphasis on community engagement in this grant program, it is important to be working with stakeholders from all parts of your community. We hope this toolkit will help with your project planning now and in the future.

Tracking Healthy Food Sales

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Through a review of healthy food retailer program reports and interviews
 with program staff and experts in the field, ChangeLab Solutions has assembled a list of viable sales data tracking methods. We have assessed each method using four criteria – accuracy, cost, burden on program staff, and burden on store staff – to show each method’s strengths and weaknesses. This easy-to-use resource can help healthy retail advocates and retailers pick the best sales tracking methods for their program. 

2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Grantees List

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FY 2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Grantees.

Strategies to Close the Distribution Gap for Small Stores in Underserved Communities

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In October 2015, more than 40 public health leaders and national experts in food retail, agriculture, distribution and marketing convened in Philadelphia for Healthy Food in Small Stores: Distribution Opportunities to Improve Community Health. This national conference tackled challenges and best practices for distributing healthy food to small stores across the United States. Co-hosted by The Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this meeting sought to build connections among experts and identify ways to overcome distribution challenges in ways that are profitable for businesses and provide better access to healthy food in stores. This report outlines the key findings, discussion themes, and other highlights from the conference. 

Transforming West Oakland

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The first of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first case study provides an overview of the organization, offers a historical context of its development, and outlines critical factors that contributed to its existing infrastructure and framework of local ownership. 

View the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace, and read this blog post by Dana Harvey, executive director at Mandela MarketPlace.

WEBINAR-The Grocery Store Prescription

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Supermarkets are responding to the obesity crisis by changing their product offerings, in-store environments, and marketing practices to make healthy choices more accessible, affordable, and appealing. This webinar will summarize the factors that influence low-income consumers’ food choices and describe culturally appropriate interventions that promoting healthier shopping and eating. Explore effective nutrition education programs and come away with practical tips on how to work with grocery retailers in your community to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
 
Speakers Include:
 
--Cathy Califano, Associate Director, TRF Policy Solutions
--Anne Harrison, RD, LDN, Brown’s ShopRite
--Ellen Damaschino, Training Manager, Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters™
--Teresa Blanco, Wellness Program Manager, Northgate Gonzales Market

Financial Resources Catalogue

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This tool detailed information on 42 public funding sources and 34 private funding sources available to CDFIs for healthy food projects.

Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative

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Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) has continued to draw national attention for how it is improving access to fresh foods in underserved communities statewide. As of September 2009, PA FFFI has committed $59.7 million in grants and loans to 78 applicants across the state, ranging in size from 1,000 to 69,000 square feet. In total, these projects are expected to bring 4,860 jobs and over 1.5 million square feet of fresh food retail across Pennsylvania.

LSA and PolicyMap Primer

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Find the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) areas in your city, state or region. This tool discusses prior research study methods, the steps in the LSA analysis, and the findings, including the areas of need, the demand and unmet demand for food. The Limited Supermarket Access Data tool (LSA) also provides free data and maps and can be used to craft a healthy food retail strategy for the area.

Public Private Partnership Primer

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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 programs help grocers and other vendors grow their businesses and increase access to healthy food in underserved communities. This tool lists key components, and other information to navigate this arena.

How to Build a Policy Effort

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Find tips and resources on building a policy effort.

Defining Underserved Primer

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Determining if a region is underserved by fresh food retail can be a complicated process that includes a variety of factors about the neighborhood, including income level, population density, car ownership rates, and the quality and location of supermarkets and grocery stores. A number of resources are out there to help you identify need in your community. This primer highlights three resources for assessing an underserved community.

The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative Case Study: Christian Food Market, Philadelphia PA

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Christian Food Market, located in south Philadelphia, is a community hub where many residents go to buy their groceries.In April of 2011 the store upgraded to offer healthier foods including adding a single door refrigerator and a produce rack and baskets, which allowed the store to greatly increase its inventory of fresh produce and low-fat dairy products. This case study looks at improvements to the store.

Community Engagement & Participation Checklist

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Developed by PolicyLink, this outline identifies important components of an authentic and participatory community engagement process.

Profile: Circle Food Store

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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) along with an Economic Development Fund grant from the city and a loan from the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Circle Food Store owner Dwayne Boudreaux was able to finance the reopening and renovation of Circle Foods and help create 65 full- and part-time jobs for the community with 95 percent of these positions filled by local residents.

Profile: Northgate Market

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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 percent of the population living below the poverty level, compared to 14 percent statewide. With funding from the California FreshWorks Fund (CAFWF), Northgate was able to expand and open 30,000 square feet of new grocery retail, improving food access for 105,000 nearby residents. Northgate also serves as a critical economic anchor for the area, creating 125 new jobs, most of which are held by local residents.

Profile: MyTown Marketplace

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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 by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a national community development financial institution, and The Food Trust, a national food access organization.

WEBINAR-Healthy Communities, Healthy Schools

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Children consume a significant portion of their daily calories at school; when schools have healthy foods and beverages in cafeterias and vending machines, children eat better. But what if families don’t have access to healthy food when their children come home from school?

Without access to healthy foods, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. And access to healthy food brings a triple bottom-line benefit to communities – a revitalized economy, new jobs, and better health. These benefits also advance equity, the fair and just inclusion of all residents in communities.

Join co-sponsors MomsRising and PolicyLink for a healthy food access portal webinar that will draw connections between efforts to bring healthy food to schools and the movement for healthy food access in communities across the country. Speakers will share their successes and strategies for overcoming challenges in their work and provide recommendations to the broader community of advocates and practitioners.

Featured Speakers:
•    Allison Hagey, Associate Director, PolicyLink (moderator)
•    Monifa Bandele, Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising
•    Sheilah Davidson, Policy Program Manager, School Food Focus
•    Dara Cooper, Director, New York Food and Fitness Partnership

Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit

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Whether you are an investor or lender considering investing in a food hub, a food hub operator undertaking business planning, or a policymaker looking to better understand the food hub sector, Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment. The Toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance.

The Key Players Involved in Healthy Food Retail Strategies

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The following is a guide of many of the key players involved in a healthy food retail project or program. Most healthy food retail projects will involve several of these key players.

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