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  • December 6, 2017. Cleveland.com.
    New supermarket coalition aims to improve access to healthy food in Cuyahoga County. In the basement of the East Cleveland Public Library, a movement took shape Tuesday. Nearly 50 government and nonprofit workers and local residents came together for the first Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga Consortium Supermarket Coalition meeting. Their goal: creating a community to help improve supermarket access in Cuyahoga County. Read more >
     
  • December 6, 2017. MarketPlace.
    What happens when a town loses its only grocery store? The former grocery store in the village of Carrollton, Ohio, looks like your typical creepy abandoned building. It’s dark inside. It’s boarded up with moldy wood. Last January, residents of Carrollton — population 3,135 — showed up to find the doors locked and a sign attached that read, simply, “store closed.” It was the only dedicated grocery store in a county of nearly 28,000 people. Read more >
     
  • December 5, 2017. Partnership with Native Americans.
    PBS Airs Documentary on Food Insecurity and Nutrition Tribal Communities. Healthy food choices are in abundance for most Americans. Fresh fruits and vegetables are just a short car ride away, if not within walking distance. But, for our Native American citizens, that is not always the case. Watch this short segment, now airing on PBS stations nationwide, to hear a Native American chef, a Pascua Yaqui Tribal member, and a PWNA staff member discuss what is being done to address the issue and how the Native American Food Movement is supporting a return to healthy, traditional diets in Indian Country. Read more >
     
  • December 4, 2017. The Columbus Dispatch.
    Groceries again available in Vinton County. Vinton County is a food desert no more. An oasis has appeared in the Appalachian Ohio county in the form of Campbell’s Market, which celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Monday. Read more >
     
  • November, 28, 2017. Art Plae America Blog.
    Radical [Re]construction of Community: Food, Art, and Regenerative Placemaking on Chicago’s South Side. Over the past several years, Chicago has been highlighted in the media as a ‘tale of two cities’: one of them safe and prosperous, the other dangerous and poor—and both of them growing more so. Nowhere in Chicago are the crises more prevalent and the social exclusion and marginalization more profound than on the South and West Sides. Read more > 
     
  • November 27, 2017. Fast Company.
    How Closing Grocery Stores Perpetuate Food Deserts Long After They’re Gone. An obscure clause in the deeds of departing grocery stores sometimes prevents new grocery stores from opening in their place, leaving neighborhoods without fresh produce for years to come. Read more > 
     
  • November, 27, 2017. Art Plae America Blog.
    Food for Thought. The MESA Project in Las Cruces, NM and the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation’s THRIVE Campus project in Opa-locka, FL are both doing incredible work in their communities using food and agriculture to bridge cultural gaps, improve the local economy, cope with environmental and public heath crises, and more. Read more > 
     
  • November 14, 2017. Star Tribune.
    North Minneapolis' Appetite for Change and other organizations win Bush Prize. A north Minneapolis group that uses food as a community development tool was among seven regional organizations awarded the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, the foundation announced Tuesday. Read more > 
     
  • November 13, 2017. Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.
    Together Baton Rouge calls for food access funding ahead of budget debate. As the Metro Council prepares to take up Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s proposed $918 million budget for next year, Together Baton Rouge is calling on the mayor to fund an initiative she backed on the campaign trail to increase food access in the parish’s many food deserts. Read more > 
     
  • November 10, 2017. Next City.
    Veggie Bus Parks in Los Angeles Food Desert. An old school bus is operating once again in service of education — and the classroom is South Los Angeles. RELATED STORIES L.A. Food Truck Project Shows Trickiness of Healthy Eating What Urbanists Can Learn From Foodies For These Urban Farmers, the Harvest Is About More Than Healthy Eating Minneapolis Food Desert to Get Grocery Store Nonprofit Community Services Unlimited (CSU) last weekend unveiled its Veggie Bus project, along with breaking ground on the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center. Read more > 
     
  • November 10, 2017. Progressive Grocer.
    Top Women in Grocery Celebrates in Chicago. Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery gala, which took place Nov. 8 and 9 in Rosemont, Ill., celebrated the great strides of women in the food industry, with 248 honorees accepting individual awards for the accomplishments in the industry. More than 500 attendees helped the winners celebrate their achievements as they mixed and mingled with colleagues, friends and family from around the country. Read more > 
     
  • November 9, 2017. CGTN America.
    Chicago’s south side fighting for better access to fresh produce. Huge areas across the south and south-west side of Chicago have been classified as food deserts, a region lacking fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. Instead, these low-income districts are often left with little more than fast-food outlets and liquor stores. Read more > 
     
  • November 9, 2017. Richland Source. 
    SNAP-Ed addresses food insecurity with lessons on healthy eating, living. Gloria Taylor, 52, admits she struggles with impulse buying. While doing her monthly grocery shopping, she struggles to refrain from purchasing items she wants and doesn't need, including her favorites: Pepsi and Oreo Thins. Read more >
     
  • November 7, 2017. Journal Sentinel. 
    Wisconsin Assembly approves giving Wisconsin food stamp users a discount on produce, healthy groceries. Some people who use food stamps would get a break on buying produce and other healthy groceries, under a bill the state Assembly overwhelmingly approved Tuesday. Read more >
     
  • November 1, 2017. Next City.
    Harlem Small Business Group Got Ready for Whole Foods Opening 5 Years Ago. Amid surging development in Harlem, Nikoa Evans-Hendricks is on a mission to preserve the New York City neighborhood’s culture. “What makes Harlem Harlem, is the small-time feel in a big city that we have,” says Evans-Hendricks, who’s executive director of Harlem Park to Park (HP2P), a nine-year-old nonprofit network of more than 100 neighborhood entrepreneurs who live in Harlem or nearby. Read more >
     
  • November 1, 2017. NBC 15. 
    Gov. Ivey announces grant program to provide healthy foods to state’s underserved areas. Alabama is a step closer to ensuring that everyone has access to healthy foods with the rollout of a grant program designed to help retailers open grocery businesses in underserved areas of the state, Gov. Kay Ivey announced. The Alabama Healthy Food Financing Act will enable retailers to obtain a grant of up to $50,000 to build or open a grocery store, market or other fresh-food outlet in communities where residents do not have immediate access to fresh and healthy foods. Read more >
     
  • October 31, 2017. Family Farmed.
    Meet Our New Good Food Accelerator Fellows. Family Farmed is pleased to announce the lineup of entrepreneurs who will be participating in our 2017-18 Good Food Accelerator program. The fourth cohort since the Accelerator was launched in 2014, these nine exciting early-stage businesses were competitively selected from a pool of excellent applicants. Read more >
     
  • October 27, 2017. WOSU Public Media.
    Vinton County, Long A Food Desert, Welcomes First Grocery Store In Years. As cashiers greet shoppers and carts squeak across the floors of Campbell’s Market, this Wednesday morning has the air of a celebration. It's opening day in McArthur. Read more >
     
  • October 27, 2017. Health Affairs Blog.
    To Improve Health And Reduce Costs For Low-Income Seniors, Invest Upstream. As US policy makers debate approaches to curb health care expenditures and threaten cuts to safety-net programs, new research shows that greater access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is associated with significant health care savings for low-income seniors. Read more >
     
  • October 27, 2017. Fair Farms Maryland.
    Action Alert & Video: Maryland Farms and Families Act. Maryland has the opportunity to move forward on a win-win program that directly invests in farmers throughout the state and helps low-income families purchase local and healthy fruits and vegetables. Read more >
     
  • October 25, 2017. Topeka Capital-Journal.
    Marcus Scarborough: Local grocery stores provide a lesson in lending. Anita Hadley had a simple dream: She wanted to sell groceries to people she saw every day. She wanted to be part of their lives. After working many years for a large grocery chain, Anita is now district manager for two Save-A-Lot stores in Winfield and Wichita that are as dedicated to serving their communities as she is. Read more >
     
  • 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. Cleveland.com.
    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 > 

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