Archived News

Find archived news coverage related to healthy food access.

  • July 27, 2017. WWL TV Local.
    Farmers markets working with SNAP shoppers in New Orleans. Food deserts have been a problem in New Orleans. Ten to 15 percent of residents live in lower income neighborhoods more than a mile from the super market. That leaves many families without access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more > 
  • July 26, 2017. Richland Source.
    Food pharmacy a possible solution to combat food insecurity, related health issues. It would be inane to separate food from health. The two go hand-in-hand: the poorer the diet, the poorer the health. For those who lack the means to stock their refrigerators and pantries with nutritious items, the risk of health-related issues increases. Read more > 
  • July 26, 2017. New York Times.
    Who Wants to Run That Mom-and-Pop Market? Almost No One. Each morning as the sun curves over Main Street in this isolated desert town, Felix Romero takes the worn wooden steps from his upstairs apartment to his downstairs grocery. He flips open the lock on a scratched blue door, turns on the lights and begins to sweep, just as his family has done since 1857. Read more > 
  • July 24, 2017. Youth Today.
    Youth Meet in Greensboro, NC, to Address Food Systems, Inequality. About 100 high school youth from community and out-of-school organizations gathered along with their adult allies in Greensboro, North Carolina, this past weekend for a conference on food systems and inequality. Read more > 
  • July 21, 2017. The Washington Post.
    Nutrition science isn’t broken, it’s just wicked hard. My dad is an old-school rancher who uses a flip-phone, refuses to wear a seat belt and swears by the Atkins diet. Like many Americans on both sides of the political aisle, he’s skeptical of science. But not because he thinks Al Gore invented climate change, vaccines cause autism or GMOs are an elaborate corporate conspiracy. He’s skeptical of science because of eggs. Read more > 
  • July 19, 2017. Next City.
    Chicago Kitchen Incubator Will Be Much More Than a Place to Cook. Angela Taylor has been helping her neighbors grow food for years on the west side of Chicago. Soon, she’ll be helping some of them grow food businesses. Read more > 
  • July 2017. Food Tank.
    Congressman Dwight Evans on Food Security and the Farm Bill. As Congress prepares to pass a new Farm Bill in 2018, Congressman Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania—a member of the United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition—believes food security should be a key consideration. Read more > 
  • July 2017 Issue. InSites by IFF.
    Profile: Marcus Scarborough, Vice President for Community Engagement and Marketing for Honor Capital. Marcus Scarborough went from a nuclear submarine to a marketing office to on-the-ground community engagement – but the common thread was always service to his country. Read more > 
  • July 19. Health Care Without Harm on Medium.
    Harvesting health and hope through farmer-health care cooperation. Hundreds of families in Albuquerque receive fresh veggies through a unique partnership between a farmers cooperative and a health system. Read more > 
  • July 14, 2017. The Green Sheet Farm Forum.
    MDA grants help increase healthy food access. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded more than $165,000 in grants to ten food hub projects that will help Minnesotans gain access to locally grown and raised foods.The competitive Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Food Hub Grants were awarded to food hubs and other alternative community-based food distribution businesses throughout the state of Minnesota. Read more > 
  • July 13, 2017. Next City. 
    Flint Market Will Put Good Food, Ownership in Hands of Residents. A new food co-op will take the place of about 7 acres of abandoned property and buildings in Flint, Michigan. Read more > 
  • July 13, 2017. Williamson Daily News.
    Double Up Food Bucks program would give SNAP recipients access to local produce. Nearly 30 people from throughout West Virginia met in Huntington on Tuesday to initiate plans to give West Virginians more access to local produce. Read more > 
  • July 12, 2017. PR Newswire.
    Natural Grocers Brings Organic Produce to a Denver Food Desert. Just two years ago, a petition garnered 1,231 supporters who banded together to demand a health-focused grocery retailer open in Northeast Denver. Natural Grocers topped the list as a grocer of choice for petitioners who wanted a retailer that was not only locally owned, but also provided natural and organic food offerings, local produce and brands, affordable pricing, and a commitment to local job creation. Read more > 
  • July 12, 2017. Metro.
    An all-local, mobile farmers market launches in Boston. A 2013 study by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) found that people in low-income neighborhoods are less likely to use farmers markets, not because of price, but due to lack of information and inaccessibility. The Trustees Mobile Farmers Market is trying to change that by coming to community sites in Dorchester and Roxbury with seasonal produce, meat and dairy for sale. All products will be sourced locally, which is a first for a mobile market in Boston. Read more > 
  • July 12, 2017. Tampa Bay Times.
    County's new urban agriculture ordinance is a healthy measure for all. Pasco County changed for the better on June 20, when the County Commission adopted an urban agriculture ordinance — technically, an Urban Agriculture Ordinance for Community Gardens, Market Gardens and Community Farms. The ordinance is far-reaching and will have numerous positive impacts besides promoting increases and improvements in the country's food system. Read more > 
  • July 11, 2017. CBS Chicago.
    New $30M Food Incubator Headed To Chicago’s West Side. A major investment for the West Side is on the horizon — a $30 million public-private partnership will bring a food incubation center to East Garfield Park. Read more > 
  • July 11, 2017. TImes-Standard. 
    WIC ‘Fruit and Vegetable Checks’ now accepted at local farmers markets. The North Coast Growers’ Association is excited to announce that WIC “Fruit and Vegetable Checks” can now be spent at local farmers’ markets in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Willow Creek, Fortuna and Garberville. Read more > 
  • July 2, 2017. The Baltimore Sun.
    Op-Ed: Use corner stores to fight chronic disease in Baltimore. An initiative known as Baltimarket, made up of community-based, food-justice and food-access programs, is working with corner stores to increase the availability of vegetables, fruits, low-fat milk, dairy and whole grain food options, but more funding is needed to make this program effective. Read more > 
  • July 2, 2017. Magnolia Reporter.
    Arkansas House: Farmers' markets have many economic benefits. Earlier this year, we passed legislation designed to increase the amount of local food purchased by the state. The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act sets a goal for all state agencies, colleges, and universities that receive $25,000 from the state for the purchase of food. The goal outlined in the legislation is that by 2018, 10% of all the food purchased by the agency is either grown or packaged in Arkansas. The goal increases to 20% in the years following. Read more > 
  • July 1, 2017. San Diego Union-Tribune.
    Making food more accessible in underserved neighborhoods. Six years ago, a nonprofit approached the City of San Diego about leasing a vacant plot in the Mount Hope neighborhood where they wanted to start a community garden. Today, that garden is one-third of an acre with 40 garden beds that people in the community use as members of that garden, where they grow food and flowers. Read more >  
  • June 30, 2017. The Durango Herald. 
    WIC program increasing access to healthy foods. Since 2002, San Juan Basin Public Health has housed the local Women, Infants and Children program with services available through clinics in Durango, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. Read more >  
  • June 30, 2017. IndyStar.
    Farm on wheels will deliver fresh produce to Indy food deserts. Jonathan Lawler planted a seed a year ago that has multiplied into so much goodness even he is surprised. The Greenfield farmer decided last spring to turn a chunk of his livelihood into a nonprofit with the goal to feed the community. Brandywine Creek Farms was a leap of faith, but its yield is poised to touch all corners of Central Indiana. Read more > 
  • June 30, 2017. News Observer.
    Farmers market brings fresh products to food desert in Raleigh. Etheopea Balogun realized it can be tough to find fresh fruits and vegetables – particularly organic produce “not wrapped in plastic” – in Southeast Raleigh. Read more > 
  • June 29, 2017. Kokomo Tribune.
    Op-Ed: Let's expand access to healthful food. Access to healthy food is a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately, in our state, this right is denied to thousands of Hoosiers simply because of where they live. There are more than 500 neighborhoods in Indiana that are classified as "food deserts" — areas in which fresh, healthy foods are scarce. Read more > 
  • June 29, 2017. Pittsburg Courier.
    Bridgeway Capital funds businesses that improve access to healthy foods in underserved communities. Bridgeway Capital provides funding to help stores expand healthy food options. Its Healthy Food Access program also supports initiatives that address Pittsburgh’s food equity issues. The program offers resources and expertise to launch and grow food enterprises that support healthier communities. Read more > 
  • June 29, 2017. Merced Sunstar.
    Some of Merced’s poorest neighborhoods struggle to get fresh food. This will help. For the first time in years, baskets filled with zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, onions and tomatoes stood by the cashier at El Porvenir convenience store on 13th and P streets in South Merced. Read more > 
  • June 27, 2017. Northwest Indiana Times. 
    Letters to the Editor: Pass bill to end Region food deserts. The Region has several areas classified as food deserts, in which fresh, healthy foods are scarce. Research shows a lack of access to healthy foods can increase the likelihood of developing hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Read more > 
  • June 23, 2017. CDFI Fund Impact Blog.
    U.S. Veterans Serve at Home by Combating Food Deserts. The shuttering of three area Walmart stores forced residents in a 44 square mile swath of southwest Wichita, Kansas to live in a food desert. However through the partnership and support of the CDFI Fund, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and veteran-owned business Honor Capital, low-income families again have access to healthy food options and locally-driven economic opportunity. Read more >
  • June 22, 2017. Fox 6 Now. 
    “We’ve seen real improvement:” City of Milwaukee working to eliminate ‘food deserts.’ A new Cermak Fresh Market recently opened in June on S. 1st Street in Milwaukee. District 12 Alderman, Jose Perez, said it’s an opening neighbors in the area have been waiting for. Read more >
  • June 22, 2017. Waterbury Record.
    Hunger Council works to increase summer food access for kids. Food access changes for Vermonters during the summer months. More farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares are available as the bounty of Vermont’s growing season is plentiful. At the same time, these new resources are not always accessible to lower-income Vermonters. Read more >
  • June 21, 2017. News and Tribune.
    Jeffersonville Fresh Stop Market, where prices vary based on income, debuts Thursday. A fresh produce market offering fruits and vegetables at prices based on income is coming to Jeffersonville. Read more >
  • June 20, 2017. CT Post.
    Groundbreaking clears way for fresh food in Bridgeport’s East End. Soon, work will begin on a 1,000-square-foot pop-up market and cafe in the ground floor of the apartment building at 1851 Stratford Ave. The location was donated by Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust. Read more >
  • June 20, 2017. Courier-Journal.
    Could your tax dollars fund a grocery store in west Louisville? Barbra Justice spent 80 cents and 20 minutes on a bus ride Friday to reach the Central Station Kroger, where she pointed to a section under construction. Read more >
  • June 19, 2017. Generocity.
    How The Food Trust will support immigrant food entrepreneurs with $150K from Knight. The food access nonprofit plans to promote civic engagement and inclusion by partnering with immigrant-facing orgs and launching an app. Read more >
  • June 6, 2017. The Business Journals.
    Kroger will build downtown grocery as a part of major mixed-use project: For the first time in more than four decades, downtown Cincinnati will have a grocery store. Kroger plans to build an urban format grocery at Central Parkway and Walnut Street by 2019 as part of a mixed-use project that will contain an apartment tower and a parking garage. Read more >
  • June 3, 2017. Richmond Times Dispatch.
    Frederick: One store in Danville will bring life to a Virginia food desert: This Wednesday a new grocery store will open in Danville. That may seem like a rather common occurrence — certainly positive news for the community, but nothing out of the ordinary. Read more >
  • June 1, 2017. The Washington Post.
    D.C.’s grocery gap reflects city’s income divide: A vast majority of the District’s supermarkets are in the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, while options for fresh produce and other groceries are fewer in poorer areas, a newly released report has found. Read more >
  • June 1, 2017. Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
    The Healthy Food Policy Project is currently seeking nominations for case studies of local initiatives and laws relating to supporting or promoting access to healthy food, and that also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. To apply, please click here.  Nominations are due by June 15th. Read more about the Healthy Food Policy Project here
  • May 31, 2017. Alexandria News.
    First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Announces The Virginia Food Access Network: Today, at the final meeting of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe announced the Virginia Food Access Network, an interactive tool to accelerate efforts, connect partners, and share resources to end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen the local food system. Read more >
  • May 23, 2017. New York City Food Policy Center - Food Policy Snapshot. 
    Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Urban Food Policy Snapshot: The Food Trust, a Philadelphia nonprofit that aims to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions, started the Healthy Corner Store Initiative as a pilot program in 2004. Read more > 
  • May 17, 2017. Abasto News.
    The Great Success of Ethnic Supermarkets in the United States: One of the most rapidly growing food retail chains in the United States are ethnic supermarkets, which targets groups such as Hispanics and Asians, as documented by the numbers of major sales ranks and U.S. market share. Read more > 
  • May 16, 2017. Boston Globe.
    Seed money sprouts a plan to bring fruits and vegetables to needy areas: A sliver of money in Governor Charlie Baker’s capital spending plan will launch a program intended to make it easier for people to obtain nutritious foods. The $2.26 billion capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $1 million for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program , which will provide grants, loans, and technical assistance to improve access to quality groceries in low income and rural areas where residents often rely on convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Read more > 
  • May 16, 2017. US Rep. Al Lawson Jr.
    Ending Hunger in North Florida: On Wednesday, the newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, will visit the House Agriculture Committee to outline his vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a proud member of this committee, and an enthusiastic thought leader on the Nutrition Subcommittee, I am looking forward to representing the interests of northeast Florida during the Secretary’s appearance. One of my top concerns that I plan to bring up to the Secretary is my district’s struggles with hunger and food insecurity. Read more > 
  • May 12, 2017. Arizona Central.
    Doctors now check up on patients' cupboards: Are they bare? Sherry King had lost her job as a dental assistant and was stretching her food, sometimes going without any fresh fruit or vegetables. But the suburban Houston resident didn’t reach out for any help — even from her own relatives, whom she didn’t want to worry. Read more > 
  • May 8, 2017. Econsult Solutions Blog.
    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Basically everyone knows that I love apples. But anyone who really knows me knows my absolute favorite type of apple. While I regularly eat an ordinary Gala or Fuji apple, no type stands a chance against the humongous crispy yellow Opals sold at Trader Joe’s. Are they better than Honeycrisp apples? Yes. Is Trader Joe’s the only place you can find them? Yes. Did I factor in the distance from Trader Joe’s when looking for a new apartment to ensure a close proximity to Opal apples? Most definitely yes. Read more > 
  • May 3, 2017. Boston Globe. 
    Want healthy food? In much of Mass., it's hard to get: It’s not hard to find a McDonald’s in the Mason Square section of Springfield. Liz O’Gilvie has counted 10 within a mile and three-quarters of her home. But the nearest full-service grocery store, with plump apples and curly kale? That’s 2 miles away, and going that distance on public transit requires a two-hour trek on three buses. Read more > 
  • May 2, 1017. Michigan State University Extension.
    Flint's local food movement innovates to increase healthy food access: The local food movement in Flint has been active for many years now, capitalizing on local strengths: Available land, knowledge and demand for healthy food and local food advocates in the community who have taken action while the conventional food system struggled to fill in the gaps. Read more >
  • Sept. 12, 2016. PBS NewsHour.
    One college turns its football field into a farm and sees its students transform: At Paul Quinn College, where once there was a football field, now there’s an organic farm. It’s not just a symbol of renewal for this once-struggling historically black college in Dallas; it’s where students work to pay tuition. As part of our Rethinking College series, Hari Sreenivasan explores how students learn to understand the expectations of a career while gaining a liberal arts education. Read more > 
  • March 7, 2016. KQED.
    Students running small-town market know business. As a sparsely populated Nebraska town in an equally sparsely populated county, Cody is not where one might expect to find a thriving retail business. But the Circle C Market has been making a (small) profit there for the last three years. Its secret? It’s run by students from a nearby school, who work at the store as part of their curriculum. Read more >