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Reports | Reinvestment Fund | 2015

2014 Analysis of Limited Supermarket Access

TRF’s 2014 LSA analysis is an update to our 2011 study Searching for Markets: The Geography of Inequitable Access to Healthy and Affordable Foods in the United States, funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund through the Opportunity Finance Network. TRF undertook the 2014 update when our lending department observed that there were enough changes since the 2011 study (i.e.,...
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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2015

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

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...
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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2015

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

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...

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Reports | The Food Trust | 2015

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

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...
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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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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2015

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

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...
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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 | The Food Trust | 2015

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

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...
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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2015

WEBINAR-The Grocery Store Prescription: How Smart Shopping Leads to Healthy Eating

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...
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Reports | NGFN Food Hub Collaboration | 2015

Counting Values: Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study

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...

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Reports | USDA Rural Development | 2015

Running A Food Hub: Lessons Learned from the Field

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...
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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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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2015

Profile: C Fresh Market

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...

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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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