Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)
Cooperative Fund of New England
The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) is a forty year-old CDFI that is using HFFI financing to increase healthy food access in New England and eastern New York State through the Healthy Food/Cooperative Communities initiative, which combines financing, development services, technical assistance, and data collection and measurement to increase low-income consumers' utilization and membership in co-ops. To supplement its HFFI financing, CFNE launched its Food Cooperatives and Healthy Food Access program (FCHFA) to help food co-ops better serve low-income communities. CFNE partnered with Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a regional food co-op association, to document food co-op programs in this area, promote their efforts, and support them in innovating and expanding healthy food access for local food insecure households. Since 2011, CFNE has financed $3.6 million in loans to nine HFFI-eligible food co-op projects, for their development and expansion around low-access communities throughout New England, including the Fiddleheads Food Co-op in New London, CT. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program
LifeBridge Community Services
LifeBridge Community Services (LifeBridge) will use its $800,000 HFFI grant to develop Fresh2U, a produce supply and delivery enterprise, that will provide healthy and affordable fresh produce to the low-income, distressed community of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fresh2U aims to tap the food sourcing and distribution expertise and purchasing power of non-profit and private sector partners to purchase, package and distribute pre-ordered individual boxes of fresh produce in centralized locations to low income individuals residing in food deserts. The delivery sites will be convenient to large concentrations of Bridgeport’s low-income population and include public housing projects, large churches, senior centers and social service agencies located in food deserts and eligible low-income neighborhoods. 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.