Learn more about successful projects and research studies advancing healthy food access in the community:
Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)
Tohono O'odham Community Action
Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA) is using HFFI financing to support the creation of Desert Rain Food Services (DRFS). DRFS will develop a local food service "social enterprise" to sustain the healthy food traditions and meet the local economic needs of the Tohono O'odham tribe in Southern Arizona. DRFS will provide healthy, locally grown nutritious meals for school and institutional customers in the Tohono O'odham Nation, which is categorized as a food desert. The main reservation currently has only one supermarket, which is not sufficient for the Nation's 25,000 residents. This grant will also impact the quantity of fresh produce that Tohono O'odham school children consume in the two meals they receive under the free and reduced-price food program. Additionally, DRFS will be able to create 15 jobs for residents. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CED Program
State & Local Policy Efforts
We encourage you to check out the following resources to learn more about or get involved with food access issues in your state:
- Research Your Community: Plug in your city, ZIP code, or state into this mapping tool to better understand key health, demographic, food access, and healthy retail characteristics in your community.
- Tap Into Your Local Food System: Read how you can get involved, including connecting with your local food policy council.
- Find Money & Policy Efforts by State: Use the interactive tool to find funding opportunities available in your state, or examples of policy efforts and initiatives in other states.
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.