Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is using HFFI financing to launch Georgia's Healthy Food Financing Initiative. This initiative will provide funding to food retail businesses like Nature's Own Herb Shop, Inc. and Super Mercado El Latino, which are both located in low-income census tracts. The aim is to bring or expand grocery stores in USDA-defined food desert neighborhoods in Atlanta and Hapeville, Georgia. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program
State & Local Policy Efforts
Policy Efforts to Watch: Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force
The Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force, convened by The Food Trust, the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and the Georgia Food Industry Association, met over the course of a year to develop public policy recommendations to support supermarkets and other fresh food retail in underserved areas of the state. Visit here to view the report.
- Learn more about the report which helped establish the task force: Food For Every Child: The Need For More Supermarkets in Georgia.
- Learn more about the policy recommendations generated by the task force: Stimulating Supermarket Development in Georgia: A report of the Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force.
For a full understanding of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives from advocacy to implementation, see The Food Trust’s Healthy Food Financing Handbook.
To find examples of other federal, state, and local policy efforts and initiatives -- as well as financing opportunities -- by going to Find Money & Policy Efforts by State.