State and Local
Policy Efforts to Watch: Houston Grocery Access Task Force
In 2012 the Houston Grocery Access Task Force, convened by Children at Risk, the City of Houston, and The Food Trust, developed a roadmap to improve grocery access in Houston and Texas. The group’s recommendations included creating attractive financing opportunities for grocers opening or expanding stores in areas of need throughout the city.
- Learn more about the report which helped establish the task force: Food For Every Child: The Need For More Supermarkets in Houston.
- Learn more about the policy recommendations generated by the task force: Roadmap to Encourage Grocery Development in Houston and Texas: A report of the Houston Grocery Access Task Force.
In response to the work of the task force, the City of Houston has dedicated financial resources to incentivize healthy food retail development or expansion in target neighborhoods currently underserved by grocery stores. The Houston Redevelopment Authority, using Community Development Grant Funds, will award and determine financing for projects on a case-by-case basis.
- Read Press Coverage about the new Supermarket: Southeast Houston "food desert" area to get new grocery store.