Federal Initiatives

In 2009, PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and Reinvestment Fund launched a national campaign with partners and stakeholders from across the country: to create a comprehensive federal response to address the limited and inequitable access to healthy foods in low-income communities in both rural and urban America. By lifting up the important impacts of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, the effort resulted in the launch of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) program in 2011 by the U.S. Departments of Treasury (through the CDFI Fund), Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. The program offers one-time grants and loans to urban, tribal, and rural communities. HFFI grants have supported more than 100 organizations in more than 35 different states to implement a wide range of healthy food projects that are designed to meet locally determined community needs and priorities. Learn more about HFFI here and the federal HFFI grantees here. Read these fact sheets to learn more about HFFI and other healthy food access funding opportunities at the Community Economic Development (CED) at HHS and the CDFI Fund.