Food Markets and Healthy Communities

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Date Published: 01/31/2006

Author(s): Tony Proscio

This report discusses how food markets can affect low-income neighborhoods and provides several strong case studies that illustrate their significant impact. The presence of a high-quality food market is a critical component to a community’s physical and economic health.

This report discusses how food markets can affect low-income neighborhoods and provides several strong case studies that illustrate their significant impact. The presence of a high-quality food market is a critical component to a community’s physical and economic health. Without such a local resource, residents are often forced to travel far and pay more for groceries or settle for what is nearby: fast food restaurants or the low-nutrient food prevalent in convenient stores. In more than 40 communities, LISC has supported efforts by community development corporations to build supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmers markets. And these food markets have done more than just provide access to better food; they also provide much needed jobs and spur other forms of economic investment in surrounding neighborhoods.

Topics: Economic Development & Safety, --Smart Growth, --Community Development, --Smart Growth, --Community Planning, --Community Development

Type: Topical report