In 2009, PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund launched a campaign, with partners and stakeholders from across the country, to raise public awareness and educate policy makers about the limited and inequitable access to supermarkets and grocery stores in both rural and urban America. Today federal, state and local efforts are bringing much needed jobs and healthy food options to communities across America. Our three organizations created this web information portal in 2013 to maximize the impact of these new opportunities and better support communities seeking to launch healthy food retail projects.
The Healthy Food Access Portal harnesses a vast array of data and information to support the successful planning and implementation of policies, programs, and projects to improve access to healthy foods in low-income and communities of color. The Portal is designed to help people access resources related to healthy food access policy efforts, funding opportunities, and successful retail strategies. Our three organizations selected resources and created content that would appeal to users from diverse backgrounds – community leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, public health advocates, and economic development practitioners. In so doing, we aim to build and strengthen a community of learning and practice.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.
The Food Trust is a nonprofit founded in 1992 to make healthy food available to all by working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers, and policymakers to develop a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
The Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI), is a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization. Beginning with the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative in 2004, TRF has taken a comprehensive approach to improving access to healthy, fresh food in low-income communities through the innovative use of capital and information. In 2014, TRF launched the Refresh Initiative to share our expertise and pursue opportunities to improve access to healthy foods nationally in partnership with other CDFIs.
Healthy Food Access Portal Advisory Committee
We are grateful for the ongoing input from the Healthy Food Access Portal Advisory Committee. This group of national leaders contributed its expertise and insight to develop this site. Following is a list of the Healthy Food Access Portal Advisory Committee members and their affiliations.
Maryland Food System Map, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
UpLift Solutions / Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.
Stephen C Costello
Houston City Council
The Hon. Dwight Evans
PA General Assembly
National Grocers Association (NGA)
Food Policy Council, City of Baltimore
Community Health Councils
Butch Stark and Gary Hammett
Bank of America
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Dr. Paula Johnson
Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Farmers Market Coalition
Marc H. Morial
National Urban League
Public Health Institute
Partnership for A Healthier America
National Council of La Raza
The Colorado Health Foundation
Prevention Research Center at Tulane University
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Opportunity Finance Network
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Union of Concerned Scientists
NCB Capital Impact
U.S. Conference of Mayors
JPMorgan Chase & Co.