Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)

Argentine Neighborhood Development Association

The Argentine Neighborhood Development Association (ANDA) used HFFI financing to develop a Healthy Food Center as part of its Healthy Lifestyles Initiative to improve access to healthy and nutritious food in Argentine, Kansas. Prior to receiving HFFI funding, Argentine was a designated food desert with a lack of grocery store access to healthy, fresh, nutritious food. After three years of community engagement, participatory research, and town hall meetings, ANDA developed a business plan and attracted a supermarket partner, Save-A-Lot Food Stores. Construction began during summer 2013, and the new grocery store opened in December 2013. The HFC increased sustainable employment opportunities through the creation of 92 construction jobs and 34 post-construction jobs for low-income residents and TANF participants. The grocery store stays in close communication with the community to meet its needs and build on its strengths, such as bringing registered dieticians to share best practices for preparing culturally relevant foods. You can find more information here.

Source of money: HFFI CED Program

State & Local Policy Efforts

Policy Efforts to Watch: Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force

Co-chaired by KC Healthy Kids and IFF, a community development financial institution, and facilitated by The Food Trust, the Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force met in 2013 to develop practical solutions to support food access in the metropolitan area. The task force was composed of representatives from the grocery industry as well as from the civic, financial, and public-health sectors. The group met over the course of the year and developed nine policy recommendations to improve food access in bi-state Kansas City.  Recommendations include the need for local governments to invest in existing financing programs and create new incentives for healthy food retail development.

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.