HFFI represents the federal government’s first coordinated effort to expand access to healthy, fresh food in underserved communities. Since 2009, the USDA, HHS, and the CDFI Fund have been collaborating to provide project funding and/or capacity development to organizations that invest in businesses working to increase and preserve healthy food options in low-income communities.
Through existing programs, HFFI has been expanding the availability of nutritious food, including developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets selling healthy food. In addition, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) authorized the USDA to select a National Fund Manager to administer future HFFI funding.
More than 60 CDFIs and CDCs have been awarded nearly $109 million in federal funds to introduce or expand healthy food options in their communities:
- FY 2013 CDFI Fund and OCS grantees, organized by state
- FY 2012 CDFI Fund and OCS grantees, organized by state
- FY 2011 CDFI Fund and OCS grantees, organized by state
In addition to HFFI, other federal grant, loan, and incentive programs can be used to improve healthy food access and revitalize neighborhoods through developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, farmers markets, and other healthy food retailers. Visit the Creating Access to Healthy, Affordable Food portal for more information on these resources.