Find archived news coverage related to healthy food access.
- 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 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 >
- August 1, 2017. NPR.
Beyond Pantries: This Food Bank Invests In The Local CommunityBeyond Pantries: This Food Bank Invests In The Local Community. Wayne County, New York, is the biggest producer of apples in the Empire State. Yet, in 2013 public school children in the county were being served apples from Washington on their lunch trays. At the end of the lunch period, the lovely, whole Washington apples ended up mostly uneaten in the garbage. 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 Change.org 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 >
- June 30, 2017. The Durango Herald.
WIC program increasing access to healthy foods. Since 2002, San Juan Basin Public Health has housed the local Women, Infants and Children program with services available through clinics in Durango, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. Read more >
- June 30, 2017. IndyStar.
Farm on wheels will deliver fresh produce to Indy food deserts. Jonathan Lawler planted a seed a year ago that has multiplied into so much goodness even he is surprised. The Greenfield farmer decided last spring to turn a chunk of his livelihood into a nonprofit with the goal to feed the community. Brandywine Creek Farms was a leap of faith, but its yield is poised to touch all corners of Central Indiana. Read more >
- June 30, 2017. News Observer.
Farmers market brings fresh products to food desert in Raleigh. Etheopea Balogun realized it can be tough to find fresh fruits and vegetables – particularly organic produce “not wrapped in plastic” – in Southeast Raleigh. Read more >
- June 29, 2017. Kokomo Tribune.
Op-Ed: Let's expand access to healthful food. Access to healthy food is a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately, in our state, this right is denied to thousands of Hoosiers simply because of where they live. There are more than 500 neighborhoods in Indiana that are classified as "food deserts" — areas in which fresh, healthy foods are scarce. Read more >
- June 29, 2017. Pittsburg Courier.
Bridgeway Capital funds businesses that improve access to healthy foods in underserved communities. Bridgeway Capital provides funding to help stores expand healthy food options. Its Healthy Food Access program also supports initiatives that address Pittsburgh’s food equity issues. The program offers resources and expertise to launch and grow food enterprises that support healthier communities. Read more >
- June 29, 2017. Merced Sunstar.
Some of Merced’s poorest neighborhoods struggle to get fresh food. This will help. For the first time in years, baskets filled with zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, onions and tomatoes stood by the cashier at El Porvenir convenience store on 13th and P streets in South Merced. Read more >
- June 27, 2017. Northwest Indiana Times.
Letters to the Editor: Pass bill to end Region food deserts. The Region has several areas classified as food deserts, in which fresh, healthy foods are scarce. Research shows a lack of access to healthy foods can increase the likelihood of developing hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Read more >
- June 23, 2017. CDFI Fund Impact Blog.
U.S. Veterans Serve at Home by Combating Food Deserts. The shuttering of three area Walmart stores forced residents in a 44 square mile swath of southwest Wichita, Kansas to live in a food desert. However through the partnership and support of the CDFI Fund, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and veteran-owned business Honor Capital, low-income families again have access to healthy food options and locally-driven economic opportunity. Read more >
- June 22, 2017. Fox 6 Now.
“We’ve seen real improvement:” City of Milwaukee working to eliminate ‘food deserts.’ A new Cermak Fresh Market recently opened in June on S. 1st Street in Milwaukee. District 12 Alderman, Jose Perez, said it’s an opening neighbors in the area have been waiting for. Read more >
- June 22, 2017. Waterbury Record.
Hunger Council works to increase summer food access for kids. Food access changes for Vermonters during the summer months. More farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares are available as the bounty of Vermont’s growing season is plentiful. At the same time, these new resources are not always accessible to lower-income Vermonters. Read more >
- June 21, 2017. News and Tribune.
Jeffersonville Fresh Stop Market, where prices vary based on income, debuts Thursday. A fresh produce market offering fruits and vegetables at prices based on income is coming to Jeffersonville. Read more >
- June 20, 2017. CT Post.
Groundbreaking clears way for fresh food in Bridgeport’s East End. Soon, work will begin on a 1,000-square-foot pop-up market and cafe in the ground floor of the apartment building at 1851 Stratford Ave. The location was donated by Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust. Read more >
- June 20, 2017. Courier-Journal.
Could your tax dollars fund a grocery store in west Louisville? Barbra Justice spent 80 cents and 20 minutes on a bus ride Friday to reach the Central Station Kroger, where she pointed to a section under construction. Read more >
- June 19, 2017. Generocity.
How The Food Trust will support immigrant food entrepreneurs with $150K from Knight. The food access nonprofit plans to promote civic engagement and inclusion by partnering with immigrant-facing orgs and launching an app. Read more >
- June 6, 2017. The Business Journals.
Kroger will build downtown grocery as a part of major mixed-use project: For the first time in more than four decades, downtown Cincinnati will have a grocery store. Kroger plans to build an urban format grocery at Central Parkway and Walnut Street by 2019 as part of a mixed-use project that will contain an apartment tower and a parking garage. Read more >
- June 3, 2017. Richmond Times Dispatch.
Frederick: One store in Danville will bring life to a Virginia food desert: This Wednesday a new grocery store will open in Danville. That may seem like a rather common occurrence — certainly positive news for the community, but nothing out of the ordinary. Read more >
- June 1, 2017. The Washington Post.
D.C.’s grocery gap reflects city’s income divide: A vast majority of the District’s supermarkets are in the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, while options for fresh produce and other groceries are fewer in poorer areas, a newly released report has found. Read more >
- May 23, 2017. New York City Food Policy Center - Food Policy Snapshot.
Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Urban Food Policy Snapshot: The Food Trust, a Philadelphia nonprofit that aims to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions, started the Healthy Corner Store Initiative as a pilot program in 2004. Read more >
- May 17, 2017. Abasto News.
The Great Success of Ethnic Supermarkets in the United States: One of the most rapidly growing food retail chains in the United States are ethnic supermarkets, which targets groups such as Hispanics and Asians, as documented by the numbers of major sales ranks and U.S. market share. Read more >
- May 16, 2017. Boston Globe.
Seed money sprouts a plan to bring fruits and vegetables to needy areas: A sliver of money in Governor Charlie Baker’s capital spending plan will launch a program intended to make it easier for people to obtain nutritious foods. The $2.26 billion capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $1 million for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program , which will provide grants, loans, and technical assistance to improve access to quality groceries in low income and rural areas where residents often rely on convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Read more >
- May 16, 2017. US Rep. Al Lawson Jr.
Ending Hunger in North Florida: On Wednesday, the newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, will visit the House Agriculture Committee to outline his vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a proud member of this committee, and an enthusiastic thought leader on the Nutrition Subcommittee, I am looking forward to representing the interests of northeast Florida during the Secretary’s appearance. One of my top concerns that I plan to bring up to the Secretary is my district’s struggles with hunger and food insecurity. Read more >
- May 12, 2017. Arizona Central.
Doctors now check up on patients' cupboards: Are they bare? Sherry King had lost her job as a dental assistant and was stretching her food, sometimes going without any fresh fruit or vegetables. But the suburban Houston resident didn’t reach out for any help — even from her own relatives, whom she didn’t want to worry. Read more >
- May 8, 2017. Econsult Solutions Blog.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Basically everyone knows that I love apples. But anyone who really knows me knows my absolute favorite type of apple. While I regularly eat an ordinary Gala or Fuji apple, no type stands a chance against the humongous crispy yellow Opals sold at Trader Joe’s. Are they better than Honeycrisp apples? Yes. Is Trader Joe’s the only place you can find them? Yes. Did I factor in the distance from Trader Joe’s when looking for a new apartment to ensure a close proximity to Opal apples? Most definitely yes. Read more >
- May 3, 2017. Boston Globe.
Want healthy food? In much of Mass., it's hard to get: It’s not hard to find a McDonald’s in the Mason Square section of Springfield. Liz O’Gilvie has counted 10 within a mile and three-quarters of her home. But the nearest full-service grocery store, with plump apples and curly kale? That’s 2 miles away, and going that distance on public transit requires a two-hour trek on three buses. Read more >
- May 2, 1017. Michigan State University Extension.
Flint's local food movement innovates to increase healthy food access: The local food movement in Flint has been active for many years now, capitalizing on local strengths: Available land, knowledge and demand for healthy food and local food advocates in the community who have taken action while the conventional food system struggled to fill in the gaps. Read more >
- Sept. 12, 2016. PBS NewsHour.
One college turns its football field into a farm and sees its students transform: At Paul Quinn College, where once there was a football field, now there’s an organic farm. It’s not just a symbol of renewal for this once-struggling historically black college in Dallas; it’s where students work to pay tuition. As part of our Rethinking College series, Hari Sreenivasan explores how students learn to understand the expectations of a career while gaining a liberal arts education. Read more >
- March 7, 2016. KQED.
Students running small-town market know business. As a sparsely populated Nebraska town in an equally sparsely populated county, Cody is not where one might expect to find a thriving retail business. But the Circle C Market has been making a (small) profit there for the last three years. Its secret? It’s run by students from a nearby school, who work at the store as part of their curriculum. Read more >