Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)
IFF used HFFI financing to establish the Healthy Food Access Program to finance both forprofit and nonprofit grocery stores in areas without access to fresh and healthy food. IFF has funded five grocery projects to date, including two in Missouri: Jefferson Commons Save-A-Lot and the St. Louis Food Hub and Grocery Store. The Jefferson Commons Save-A-Lot partners with Casa de Salud, a neighborhood health and wellness organization, to promote the Despensa de Salud program to build skills in healthy cooking. The St. Louis Food Hub and Grocery Store, opened in January 2014 in a low-supermarket-access neighborhood, is expected to create over 100 jobs and see annual sales between $12 and 15 million. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program
Note: IFF is a CDFI headquartered in Illinois that is using HFFI financing in Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
State & Local Policy Efforts
Policy Efforts to Watch: Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force
Facilitated by The Food Trust and co-chaired by KC Healthy Kids and IFF, a community development financial institution, 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.
- Learn more about the policy recommendations generated by the task force: Stimulating Supermarket Development in Bi-State Kansas City: A Report of the Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force.
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.