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Increasing Access to Healthy Local Food

Within cities, residents face stark disparities in their access to fresh, healthy produce, with low-income communities often the most affected by this limited access. Inequitable access to food perpetuates poor health outcomes among low-income populations and undermines efforts to improve public health and promote community. The increase in diet-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and some cancers have put us on a path to change modern history: many children born today will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  In addition to nutritional and health impacts, the flow of food dollars out of the region represent a significant loss for local economies. Yet there are bright spots of innovation, where local policies promote and increase residents’ access to healthy food. While there is no single solution to address this large and interconnected system of access to affordable, healthy food, there is a range policy strategies that can help develop local food capacities, enhance public health and improve urban economies.


SomerVision Process, City of Somerville, MA, January 1st, 2014. Read more.



Shape-Up Somerville, Health Department and Active Living by Design, City of Somerville, MA, January 1st, 2013. Read more.



SomerVision Plan to be honored by American Planning Association, Mass. Chapter, City of Somerville, MA, December 13th, 2012. Read more.



Cities Promoting Access to Healthy Local Food
Cities Promoting Access to Healthy Local Food, Ceri Jenkins and Satya Rhodes-Conway, October 22nd, 2012. Full report.



City of Portland: Letter of Support, Office of former Mayor Sam Adams, City of Portland, OR, February 24th, 2011. Read more.



Operating Fresh Start Program Summary, Connie Perris Bailey, City of Madison, WI, January 1st, 2007. Read more.



Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, The Reinvestment Fund. Read more.



POLICY CONTACT


Satya Rhodes-Conway
(608) 262-5387
satya@mayorsinnovation.org
Promoting Access to Healthy, Local Food
This report provides your city with a range of policies that promote and increase residents’ access to healthy food.
   

Local Food and Economic Development
This report provides your city with policies to help grow your local food value chain.