LISC Institute

Spotlight

Food and Grocery Access

 

Investments in food access and systems can effectively spur economic activity in low-income communities, while also increasing residents’ access to fresh, nutritious food. In our “Spotlight on Food and Grocery Access” we’ve curated thought pieces describing why equitable food access via food co-ops, incubators and grocery stores are important tools in promoting growth in communities. Read through the featured resources to learn how to start building and supporting food incubators and grocery stores in your community to plug into the $1.8 trillion U.S. food industry. 

 

The Practitioner's Perspective

Read this Q&A to learn more about how practitioners, Schirra Hayes and Sonja Dean, completed grocery store and food coop projects done, and the impact they had on the surrounding communities. 

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In Practice

Lankenau Medical Cetner and The Food Trust teamed up to provide examples of strategies and programs aimed at supporting access to good food and good health in communities. 

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Read this report to learn more about the role CDFIs play in financing healthy food retail and how public health practitioners can partner with CDFIs to expand access to fresh, healthy food.

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Learn more about how the real estate community is using innovative approaches to food in projects that can result in enhancements in health, sustainability, economic opportunity, and real estate returns.

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This action guide provides an overview of kitchen and farm incubator programs, and guidance on how local governments can support these emerging strategies to promote local entrepreneurship and strengthen local food systems.

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What we're reading

In Nonprofits and Governments Pursue Food Incubators for Refugee Resettlement​, readers will learn how food incubators can be a helpful tool for refugees starting new businesses in the food industry.

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The New York Times piece, The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores, discusses how big supermarkets are being replaced by small grocery stores that can serve niche audiences and be used to advance social causes.

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Download this report from PolicyLink and The Food Trust, which underscores why Health Equity and Place is the foundation necessary for reaping the positive benefits associated with healthy food. 

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Resource libraries

Visit PolicyLink for resources around Health Equity and Place and implementing strategies to improve access to healthy food.

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The Food Trust has an extensive library of research publications to help practitioners ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions

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Visit Feeding America for research reports supporting why working to increase access to healthy, nutritious food is so important for the communities where we live and work 

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