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  • October 19, 2017. High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal.
    Kansas State University to help new initiative improve healthy food access for Kansans. To help improve Kansans’ access to healthy food, the Kansas Health Foundation is launching the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative Nov. 6 in Wichita. Read more >
  • October 19, 2017. Fast Company. 
    To Understand Food Deserts, We Need To Understand Food Systems. Mapping food deserts–areas where fresh, healthy food is hard to come by—is nothing new. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Food Desert Locator, an interactive map of the entire country. Read more >
  • October 17, 2017. Fox Denver News.
    Improving access to healthy food choices in parts of Denver a challenge. Improving the healthy food options in the metro area is a big issue to tackle, and it has big health impacts. Just ask Gary Pyle. He lives close to East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. Read more >
  • October 16, 2017. SW News Media.
    SMSC donates $250K to improve Native American nutrition. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign to improve Native American nutrition, has given $250,000 in grant funds to support a program designed to improve health and nutrition in tribal communities. Read more >
  • October 16, 2017. Addison County Independent.
    Doctors prescribing free vegetables; Bristol program aims at overall health. What if your doctor prescribed you asparagus instead of aspirin? A few weeks ago, Charlotte Sullivan visited the Mountain Health Center in Bristol for an appointment and walked out with a unique prescription — she had secured free vegetables for the next six weeks. Read more >
  • October 16, 2017. UB News Center.
    UB, international partner launch first global database of food systems planning policies. A first-of-its-kind database developed and maintained at the University at Buffalo will help city, regional and statewide governments around the globe develop better food systems planning policies by drawing from legislation already crafted. Read more >
  • October 14, 2017. The Boston Globe.
    Food stamps, quality concerns may keep low-income shoppers offline. A quick bus ride from her Roxbury home can bring Jocelyne Joseph closer to the familiar food of her native Haiti. Standing in the produce section of Tropical Foods supermarket, Joseph picks up a breadfruit, a bumpy, green, nutrient-rich staple of the Caribbean not always stocked by grocery store chains. Read more >
  • October 10, 2017. NPR.
    Southeastern Ohio Food Desert Is About To Get A Grocery Store. Ohio is trying to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to underserved communities. One community in Southeastern Ohio is receiving some help, but it didn't come without a battle from community leaders. Read more >
  • October 10, 2017. Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Blog.
    Healthy food access: A community’s effort to improve health. Ruby Wilson had shopped at the Kroger store on Terry Road for years. The store provided residents of South Jackson, Mississippi, a place to purchase fresh produce and pick up prescriptions from an in-house pharmacy. Standing at over 50,000 square feet, the store was the community’s retail anchor in an already struggling area that experienced shuttered stores, closed restaurants, and dilapidated apartments. Read more >
  • October 5, 2017.
    As many as 450,000 people in the county live in food deserts; group wants to increase access to supermarkets. Until last December, the stretch of Euclid Avenue near Richmond Road in Euclid was plagued by a dying shopping center and not many options for healthy foods for local residents. But, with the opening of Simon's Supermarket in the Euclid Richmond Shopping Center Dec. 19, the former food desert took on new life, residents say. Read more >
  • October 2, 2017. Alexandrine Press.
    Planning for Equitable Urban and Regional Food Systems. How does and can planning and design enhance the freedom and wellbeing of marginalized actors in the food system – low-income residents, people of colour, small-holder farmers, and refugees – the very people the alternative food movements purport to serve? That is the question of concern in this special issue in which authors from across the Global North and South explore the role of planning and design in communities’ food systems, while explicitly considering the imbalances in equity, justice, and power. Read more >
  • September 29, 2017. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog.
    $21 Million Announced for Projects that Connect Families to Healthy Food. A $21 million infusion of funds through the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Program will help families in need of nutrition assistance to receive the services and outreach they need. Read more >
  • September 29, 2017. Next City.
    Montreal Is Ready for Supermarket, Version 2.0. Thhis summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green rooftop farm producing vegetables that are then sold in the store. The great news signals a positive shift in thinking about urban ecology, sustainable urban design, health, local economic development and more. Read more >
  • September 28, 2017. Rapid Growth Media.
    One potato, two potato: Grocery retail loan projects aim for food access for underserved areas. As Gina Courts, co-owner of Ken’s Fruit Market, sees it, her customers are like most Americans. They are price driven. So, the aim for the three Ken’s Fruit Market stores is to provide affordable, fresh, local produce and meat. Read more >
  • September 27, 2017. Civil Eats.
    After Hurricane Harvey, Houston Heals Through Food. Food insecurity is nothing new for many Houstonians: According to the Houston Food Bank, as many as 18 percent of households and 25 percent of children have little to no access to fresh and nutritious food sources. Within the one southwest neighborhood of Sunnyside, one of Houston’s most pronounced food deserts, residents have been “living off of gas station shopping for years,” said resident Kendra Jones. Read more >
  • September 26, 2017. Omaha World-Herald.
    Nebraska small-town citizens put money where their mouths are to keep rural grocery stores open. The sun rises over the bank branch on the other side of Smith Avenue and shines on the Elwood Hometown Cooperative Market, where pots of red geraniums greet customers and a woman sweeps sidewalk debris into a tidy pile. Read more >
  • September 25, 2017. The Clarion-Ledger.
    Eating in the Delta: A community uses soil to fight food insecurity, promote sovereignty. Holmes County's heavily processed diet is much deeper than abandoned family farms.This is the second story of a two-part series examining food insecurity, its consequences and solutions, in one of Mississippi’s most food insecure counties. Read more >
  • September 24, 2017. The Clarion-Ledger.
    Surrounded by crops, lacking food: A health paradox in the Mississippi Delta. A community is connected by the problem of food scarcity and its consequences - despite the vast, fertile land just under their feet. This is the first of a two-part series examining food insecurity, its consequences and solutions, in one of Mississippi’s most food insecure counties. Read more >
  • September 20, 107. Nonprofit Quarterly.
    Food Banks Take Up Health Equity. It’s common knowledge that eating healthfully in the U.S. is more expensive than eating junk, and low-income neighborhoods are often bereft of stores that sell fruits, vegetables, and other healthful choices. Many low-income residents get assistance from food pantries, but the pantries often take what they can get from grocery stores, and that can mean piles of processed convenience food that’s easy and cheap for stores to donate. Not so the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Washington, D.C. Read more >
  • September 18, 2017. Walker's Legacy.
    Kia Patterson Opens First Black-Owned Grocery Store in Compton, CA. Kia Patterson has not only accomplished her dreams of owning her own grocery outlet, but she also is serving the community and making history in the process. Read more >
  • September 18, 2017. NPR News, WAMU 88.5. 
    One Of America’s Biggest Food Banks Just Cut Junk Food By 84 Percent In A Year. A year ago, Washington D.C.’s Capital Area Food Bank — one of the largest in the country — decided to turn away junk food, joining a growing trend of food banks that are trying to offer healthier options to low-income Americans. From soda to chips, the CAFB has reduced the junk food it supplies to its 444 nonprofit partners, including soup kitchens and food pantries, by 84 percent. Read more >
  • September 18, 2017. WTT News, Chicago Tonight.
    New Law Requires Illinois to Track Food DesertsNew Law Requires Illinois to Track Food Deserts. A new state law requires Illinois to track food deserts, or areas lacking fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. The law tasks the state’s Department of Public Health with providing an annual report that identifies food deserts within the state and “provides information about health issues associated with food deserts.” Read more >
  • September 15, 2017. Huffington Post.
    Healthy Food Can Be A Luxury In Mississippi, But This Farmers Market Is ‘For Everyone.’ Oxford, Mississippi, is known for its regal Greek Revival mansions and the plush magnolia trees that frame its wide roads, but less known is that a high percentage of the town’s residents live below the poverty line and lack access to healthy foods. Read more >
  • September 14, 2017. Press Release, Food Research & Action Center.
    Food Research & Action Center Launches Mapping Tools that Show Poverty Rate and SNAP Participation by State and Congressional District. On the heels of today’s release of the 2016 Census American Community Survey findings, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) launched new interactive data tools that illustrate poverty rates by state and congressional district, and household SNAP participation rates by state and congressional district. Read more >
  • September 12, 2017. Boston Community Capital.
    Loan Fund Borrower Vicente's Tropical Supermarket and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Team Up To Build A Healthier Brockton. Boston Community Loan Fund borrower Vicente's Tropical Supermarket and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center have teamed up to bring fresh foods and healthy living resources to their neighborhood. Combining fresh, quality foods and nutritional expertise, Vicente's and BNHC meet the community's specific health needs by offering over 80 cooking groups in multiple languages for patients with diabetes and other health concerns. Vicente's and BNHC are bringing together the ingredients needed to build a healthy lifestyle in their community in Brockton. Read more >
  • September 11, 2017. Yes Magazine.
    Black Neighbors Band Together to Bring in Healthy Food, Co-op-Style. A decade ago, researchers reported that more than half of Detroit residents live in a food desert—an area where access to fresh and affordable healthy foods is limited because grocery stores are too far away. Efforts since then to bring more grocery stores—and food security—to predominantly Black neighborhoods haven’t worked. Read more >
  • September 7, 2017. Houston Chronicle.
    Harvey floodwaters left some neighborhoods in food desert. Eric Anderson swerved his ailing white minivan into the parking lot of a boarded-up Fiesta Mart when he spotted Houston Food Bank volunteers doling out provisions. Tropical Storm Harvey had swamped the only major grocer in his northeast Houston neighborhood, forcing him and his family to search nearby corner stores for limited staples. The sight of his neighbors carrying boxes of produce across the sweltering asphalt came as a relief after days of anxious scavenging. Read more > 
  • September 5, 2017. Richland Source.
    The task: Creating healthier communities with corner store produce. Three cans of vegetables sit on a shelf next to SpaghettiOs and hot dog chili sauce, outshined by the overwhelming variety of chips and soft drinks. Those three cans were the only kind of produce one corner store in Mansfield had to offer at one time. In visiting a dozen corner stores in Mansfield, Richland Source found healthy food options were few and far between in comparison to processed products. Read more > 
  • September 1, 2017. City Lab.
    Harvey Tests the Limits of How We Feed People During Disasters. Each hurricane season, Brian Greene calls in reinforcements, in the form of tractor-trailers. Long before a particular system is swirling on the horizon, Greene, the president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, dispatches 40-plus hauls of disaster-relief supplies to local shelters so each outfit will have a stockpile of water, granola bars, and cleaning supplies. The idea is to get out ahead of any storm, and then hunker down. “That’s our normal plan,” Greene says. “And it looked pretty good.” But Tropical Storm Harvey wasn’t normal. Read more > 
  • August 17, 2017. Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Blog.
    Healthy food access: The role of flexible funding. The Food Trust partners with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help increase healthy food access in low-income communities. Find out more about our work in what was once a food desert in Jackson, Mississippi. Read more > 
  • August 15, 2017. Next City. 
    Flint Boot Camp Focuses on Community-Connected Entrepreneurs. Therman Sisco never really thought of his catering services as a business. After all, that would make the cooking he does “work” — and being at a stove is so much more to the 53-year-old lifelong resident of Flint, Michigan. Read more > 
  • August 9, 2017. New York Times.
    When the Prescription Is a Recipe. The doctor’s office is moving into the kitchen. After years of telling patients to skip junk food and prepare homemade meals, a growing number of doctors and medical groups are now going a step further and teaching them how to cook. Some are building teaching kitchens or creating food pantries right next to their practices. Others are prescribing culinary education programs in hopes of improving their patients’ nutrition and overall health. Some medical schools have even introduced culinary curriculums to train more doctors to talk to patients about food. Read more > 
  • August 8, 2017. Northwest Herald.
    Free class teaches Crystal Lake Food Bank clients healthy recipes, mindful eating. A new class open to members of the Northern Illinois Food Bank teaches students how to cook recipes using fruits and vegetables of the season, gives them access to healthy foods they can share with their families and encourages stress management and exercise. Taught earlier this year at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, the class will begin again in September at Casa De Vida in McHenry. Read more > 
  • August 8, 2017. Efficient Gov.
    Baltimore is Redesigning Access to Healthy Food. The Baltimore Health Department is increasing seniors’ and low-income families’ access to healthy food through corner stores and free online shopping. Read more > 
  • August 7, 2017. CBS 46 WGCL-TV Atlanta.
    Perdue announces $16.8M in grants for SNAP users to purchase healthy foods. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced 32 grants totaling $16.8 million to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more > 
  • August 4, 2017. The Daily Yonder.
    SNAP Plays Outsized Role in the Economy of Rural Grocery Stores. Revenue from the federal nutrition program is an appreciable portion of grocery sales around the United States. In rural areas, where a greater percentage of households received SNAP benefits, it’s an even more important economic engine, say grocers. Read more > 
  • August 3, 2017. August Free Press.
    Warner, Moran introduce Senate bill to help eradicate food deserts. U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the first comprehensive legislation in the U.S. Senate to target food deserts by incentivizing food service providers such as grocers, retailers, and nonprofits to help eradicate these areas. The bipartisan Healthy Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act sets up a system of tax credits and grants for businesses and nonprofits who serve these low-income and low-access urban and rural areas. Read more > 
  • August 3, 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
    St. Louis Fed Releases Research on the Power of Food System Investments to Boost Regional Economies. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s offices of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service, have released Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities, a compilation of research, essays and reports that explores the potential for the growing popularity of locally sourced food to be harnessed to boost economic opportunities for rural and urban communities. Read more > 
  • August 2, 2017. The Washington Post.
    Across D.C., a resurgence of the small neighborhood grocery store. On a stretch of Rhode Island Avenue that for years was a food desert stands Good Food Markets, a small neighborhood grocery store that opened in January 2015. Read more > 
  • 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 >  

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