WEBINAR-Equity in Healthy Food Access: Engaging Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

Overview

This webinar highlighted strategies and valuable resources for engaging female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color in financing healthy food access projects. 
 
The webinar presented the economic potential of entrepreneurs of color and female entrepreneurs, common barriers and challenges to accessing capital, promising approaches for connecting smaller businesses with resources, as well as case studies and best practices from the field. 

Profile: Healthy Food Financing and Pyburn's Farm Fresh Foods

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Houston, home to over two million, is the fourth-largest city in the country, boasts a diverse industrial base and profitable health-care sector, and is one of the wealthiest cities in Texas.

Government leaders, community-based organizations, and business owners are, however, working toward a healthier city and a brighter future with the launch of a citywide healthy food financing initiative to spur affordable, fresh food retail development and the groundbreaking of Pyburn’s Farm Fresh Foods.

Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Retail in the Greater Dallas Area

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Dallas must address the significant need for fresh food resources in many of its neighborhoods. Several factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income communities, contributing to a public health crisis.
 
CHILDREN AT RISK, a local research and advocacy group, and The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit, issued Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Retail in the Greater Dallas Area to ensure that all children and their families live in communities that have access to healthy and affordable food. This goal can be achieved by encouraging the development and expansion of healthy food retail outlets in underserved communities throughout Dallas. 

WEBINAR-Creating Equitable Food Systems with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative

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Across the country, the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is working to increase access to healthy food in low income communities and communities of color. The program is supporting food retailers that are increasing equity by improving regional food systems, creating jobs, and strengthening local economies. 
 
This webinar will highlight how healthy food projects supported by HFFI, including food hubs and similar, innovative enterprises, are better connecting regional agriculture to local consumers. Experts will discuss challenges and share best practices and information on how to leverage financial and community-powered resources to ensure the success food regional food systems under an equity framework.

Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Alabama

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Alabama must address the significant need for supermarkets and other fresh food resources in many of its communities. Many factors have led supermarkets to limit investments in lower-income communities across the state, leading to a public health crisis. The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit, issued Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Alabama to document these findings and to ensure that Alabama’s 1.2 million children and their families live in communities that have access to healthy and affordable food.1 This report demonstrates the need for a statewide financing program to encourage healthy food retail development in Alabama.

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

Counting Values: Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study

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The nationwide emergence of food hubs is an indicator that local food is becoming more readily available in higher-volume sales channels. The more than 300 food hubs operating around the country use a wide range of business models. All share the general function of helping farmers and other local food producers take their differentiated products to market.

These intermediaries provide customized aggregation, distribution, and related supply chain services. Food hubs also strive to deliver on local market promises—the good food values driving this sector’s growth. Good food is defined as food products and practices that are healthy for the body, green for the planet, fair for producers and workers, and affordable for all. Good food values range from concerns for public health and social justice to demand for local economic and environmental returns.

Running A Food Hub: Lessons Learned from the Field

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In recent years, several surveys—including the 2013 National Food Hub Survey and the Food Hub Benchmarking Study—have collected data on U.S. food hubs. What seems to be lacking from the current research on food hubs is information on operations and “lessons learned” from those involved in starting and operating food hubs. To help fill this void, interviews were conducted with the leaders of 11 food hubs, using an open-ended, free-flowing format. This allowed for maximum flexibility during each interview and the ability to further capture the unique nature of each entity. The food hubs, located throughout the United States, represent a diversity of organization types, product offerings, operation structures, and missions.

Profile: C Fresh Market

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C Fresh Market is a 23,000-square-foot supermarket located in River Bend — one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse communities in Des Moines, Iowa. The community had not had a full-service supermarket for almost 10 years when C Fresh opened in January of 2013. The store has been developing a diverse and loyal customer base ever since and offers a variety of affordable ethnic and international groceries to the surrounding population.

The project received $712,000 in loan financing from IFF, a nonprofit community development financial institution serving the Midwest region.

WEBINAR-Building a Healthy Corner Store Network

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In communities that lack supermarkets or other types of full-service food retail, families depend on corner stores for the majority of their food purchases. The choices at these stores are often limited to processed foods and very little, if any, fresh produce. An effective approach to improving healthy food access in corner stores is the development and launch of Healthy Corner Store Initiatives. As a result, networks of healthy corner stores in cities and states are emerging across the country. While the models and size can vary, the overarching goal remains the same: working with corner store operators and partners to source, price and promote healthier items in their stores. This webinar explores strategies, tactics, best practices and lessons learned on launching and implementing healthy corner store networks by highlighting existing efforts in New Jersey, San Jose, CA, & Cleveland, OH.
 
Speakers:
 
--Kamaryn Norris, National Campaign for Healthy Food Access Associate, The Food Trust (moderator)
 
--Erin Healy, Director of Healthy Eating Initiative, The Health Trust
 
--Ana Ramos, New Jersey Food Access Coordinator, The Food Trust
 
--Lindsay Smetana, Community Organizer and Program Manager, Tremont West Development Corporation

Profile: Salud Corporation

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In 2011, Salud Corporation received a $341,000 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grant to grow the olive oil milling, bottling, and distribution capacities at a local facility in Dripping Springs, Texas. Salud Corporation is a for-profit social enterprise subsidiary of Business and Community Lenders of Texas (BCL of Texas), a nonprofit economic development organization. Salud is the country’s first Latina-led, start-up to manufacture and distribute high-quality, 100 percent extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) from locally sourced ingredients.

2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Grantees List

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FY 2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Grantees.

Profile: Latino Economic Development Corporation

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Immigrant-owned food enterprises are growing across Minnesota thanks to a series of Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) investments supporting several Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) projects in Minneapolis. With investments in a Latino-owned grocery, a cooperative grocery, a Latino restaurant, commercial kitchens, a marketing cooperative, a commissary kitchen, and a produce warehouse for small agricultural cooperatives, the LEDC Immigrant Enterprise Healthy Foods Fund is strengthening the local food system, improving health, and building wealth in low-income immigrant communities of color.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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