Profile: Vicente's Supermarket


For 20 years, Manuel Vicente Barbosa owned and operated a specialty food store in Brockton, Massachusetts, a small city south of Boston. In 2015, the family opened a second, 33,000-square-foot modern, full-service supermarket. The new store would not have been possible without the assistance of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

Developed by Reinvestment Fund, this profile Vicente's Supermarket documents how the project was supported, financed, and launched.

The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)


The Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC), a partnership of Fair Food Network, Food Research & Action Center, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Policy Link, Reinvestment Fund and The Food Trust, has worked with consumers, farmers, grocers, public health advocates and community development practitioners since 2012 to advance policies that:

  • Address food insecurity by protecting and improving SNAP benefit levels;
  • Support farmers and rural economies by using the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentives to help SNAP customers buy locally-grown fruits and vegetables;
  • Help grocers open and expand supermarkets in low-income communities through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative; and
  • Open new markets and build the local supply chain infrastructure to connects local food producers to regional markets.

Learn more about FAPC and their work in this brief report.

Healthy Food Policy Project


The Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) identifies and elevates local laws that seek to promote access to healthy food, and also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

The Healthy Food Policy Project is a four-year collaboration of Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the Public Health Law Center, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This web site helps healthy food advocates, local policy makers, and local public health agencies in their quest to champion healthy food access in their communities and inclues a curated, searchable database of local healthy food policies.

Webinar: Increasing Healthy Food Access through Grocery Stores and Healthy Corner Stores


The Food Trust's Center for Healthy Food Access presents the second in a series of webinars featuring the work of our grantees.

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Grocery Stores and Healthy Corner Stores shares lessons learned by national experts who have financed grocery store development and other healthy food retail in low-income urban and rural communities, and community-based grassroots organizations that have provided technical assistance and resources to small stores to help them sell healthy food.

Featured Speakers:

Sajan Philip, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), will discuss how LIIF has worked to increase access to healthy food retail in areas across the U.S. by increasing capital in low-income communities, and share lessons learned while implementing the New York Healthy Food Healthy Communities Initiative.

Juan Vila, The Food Trust, will discuss the work being done through the Good. To. Go. program to increase access to healthy food in corner stores in San José, CA, and elsewhere across the country.

Shamar Hemphill, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), will discuss IMAN’s work to strengthen relationships between communities and corner store owners in Chicago while starting a healthy corner store initiative.

Mary Elizabeth Evans, Hope Enterprise Corporation, will discuss Hope’s work implementing Healthy Food Financing Initiatives to increase access to fresh food retail in rural and urban areas in the Mid-South.

Running a Food Hub: Learning from Food Hub Closures


The fourth volume in the USDA's food hub technical report series, the report draws on national data and case studies to understand why some food hubs have failed in an effort to learn from their mistakes and identify general lessons so new and existing food hubs can overcome barriers to success.  

Honor Capital: Building community, Navy vets band together to wipe out food deserts


Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Honor Capital, a veteran-owned business with a dual mission to employ returning veterans and to alleviate food desert communities, partners with others dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities by building and operating Save-A-Lot grocery stores. 

This issue of the Grocery Entrepreneur discusses their work and plans to open and operate 10 grocery stores under the Save-A-Lot banner across Oklahoma food deserts. Together these stores, located in both urban and rural areas, will improve access for nearly 40,000 low-income households annually and create more than 270 permanent jobs.

County Office


County Office is your quick reference guide for accurate, up-to-date information about all government offices and public records sources in your local area.

If you're trying to reach city, county, and state government offices anywhere in the Unites States, County Office providers users with accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information available.

This searchable database includes all types of government offices, including administrative, legal, health, tax, finance, commerce, education, property, social services, public works, law enforcement, emergency services, and judicial offices.

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)


An overview of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. A viable, effective, and economically sustainable solution to the problem of limited access to healthy foods, and can reduce health disparities, improve the health of families and children, create jobs, and stimulate local economic development in low-income communities.

Profile: The ReFresh Project


In February 2014, as part of the renovation of a 60,000-square-foot supermarket vacant since Hurricane Katrina, a new Whole Foods in New Orleans celebrated its grand opening. The store, which offers more than 330 local products, was built with a strong emphasis on affordability and community partnership.

WEBINAR-Leveraging Institutional Purchasing Power


Institutions such as hospitals, schools, businesses, and government agencies play a number of important roles in a community: service provider, employer, educator, as well as community and cultural hub. These institutions also play an important role in advancing the health and well-being of communities and can do so by leveraging their purchasing power to expand healthy food access for residents, clients, employees, and students. Across the country, institutions are advancing innovative food procurement programs and policies that are aligning food purchasing to support access to healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, strengthen local economies, grow quality jobs, and advance environmental sustainability. 
This webinar highlights examples, promising strategies, and lessons learned in engaging with health care, educational, and business institutions to shift purchasing practices toward improved healthy food access and more equitable food systems.
Featured Speakers: 
Ted Howard, Co-Founder and President, Democracy Collaborative
Lucia Sayre, Regional Director, Health Care Without Harm
Adam Kesselman, Project Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
Estefanía Narváez, West Coast Regional Coordinator, Real Food Challenge
Diana Rivera, Research Associate, PolicyLink (moderator)

The Vermont Farm to Plate Investment Program


This profile highlights the Farm to Plate (F2P) Investment Program, which was designed to strategically strengthen the state’s food and farm sector and encourage the purchasing of local foods.
The Vermont Legislature commissioned the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to develop a strategic plan to revitalize its food and farm sectors and increase purchasing of local foods. Implementation is under way with more than 350 organizations working together as the Farm to Plate Network, including the Farm to Institution Task Force focused on increasing institutional local food procurement.

WEBINAR-Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard


The “Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard” is modeled on a successful and similar self-assessment scorecard developed for school lunchrooms by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture. This webinar presents the “Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard” tool and features speakers that highlight the behavioral economics that informed the tool’s development and the research conducted with grocers on feasibility and retailer adoption.

Profile: Portland Mercado


The Latino community in Portland, Oregon, has grown rapidly in the last 20 years, from 3.3 percent of Portlanders to 11 percent, and by 2040 it is estimated that 23 percent of the city’s residents will be Latino. This growth, however, has not been accompanied by increases in opportunity.

Recognizing the important link between access to healthy food, economic opportunity, community building, and culture, Hacienda Community Development Center (CDC) secured a federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grant in 2012 to develop Portland Mercado, an innovative project which includes a Latino cultural space and public market, bringing fresh food and good jobs to the community.

Running a Food Hub: Assessing Financial Viability


This report is volume 3 of USDA’s food hub technical report series and provides modules, best practices, and financial benchmarks for different stages of business development for food hubs to assess their own financial viability and assist in making strategic business decisions to maximize profits and control costs.

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.

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.

Healthy Food Financing Programs Across the Country


Developed by The Food Trust, this list outlines federal, state, and regional Healthy Food Financing Programs across the country.

2016 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Grantee List


2016 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Grantee List.

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 stores in the community and their beliefs about health problems and solutions in the community.

2011 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Grantee List


2011 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Grantee List.