Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is using HFFI financing to launch Georgia's Healthy Food Financing Initiative. This initiative will provide funding to food retail businesses like Nature's Own Herb Shop, Inc. and Super Mercado El Latino, which are both located in low-income census tracts. The aim is to bring or expand grocery stores in USDA-defined food desert neighborhoods in Atlanta and Hapeville, Georgia

Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program

State & Local Policy Efforts

Policy Efforts to Watch: Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force

The Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force, convened by The Food Trust, the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and the Georgia Food Industry Association, met over the course of a year to develop public policy recommendations to support supermarkets and other fresh food retail in underserved areas of the state. Visit here to view the report.

For a full understanding of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives from advocacy to implementation, see The Food Trust’s Healthy Food Financing Handbook.