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Food Access

Everyone deserves access to healthy and affordable foods. Food access refers to a person’s ability to obtain healthy foods, shaped by availability and affordability. Food access plays an integral role in overall food security status, and is an important public health issue, as approximately 1 in 9 people in the United States were food insecure in 2018. 


Various factors contribute to disparities in food access. These factors include spatial proximity to healthy food retailers, transportation, and food prices. Food access typically manifests in communities with poor economic indicators, including higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and lower homeownership, as well as in rural communities where transportation and proximity to healthy food is a challenge. 


Various programs and policy initiatives can help address food access. For example, community-level responses to food access challenges can include farmers markets, community gardens, CSAs, food rescue agencies, school-based programs, and bringing healthy food retailers to underserved areas to help strengthen local food systems. Initiatives to strengthen federal nutrition programs such as SNAP, WIC, SNAP-Ed, and SNAP incentive programs can also help address food access through large-scale policy. 

Resources & Tools


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Bright Spot: Farm to Work
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: Corner Store Initiative (Baltimore Health Stores)
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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FNS Launches the Online Purchasing Pilot
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by USDA
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Healthy Food Access Logic Model
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by Wilder Research
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The Role of Business in Supporting Basic Needs for Health and Safety: Healthy Food
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by WIN Network
Published on 02/25/2021
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Bright Spot: Hands and Feet Ministry
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Local Laws and Policies That Promote Access To Healthy Food: A Food System Crosswalk
Resource
Brought to you by Healthy Food Policy Project
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The Thirty Percent Project
Resource - Podcast
Brought to you by Apple
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Healthy Eating Index
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by USDA
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Why Place Matters: Building a Movement for Healthy Communities
Resource - Report
Brought to you by PolicyLink
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Fighting Poverty with SNAP
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Othering and Belonging Institute
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How Does Place Affect Health?
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by ATSDR
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The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters
Resource - Report
Brought to you by The Food Trust
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SNAP and WIC: COVID-19 Waivers by State
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by USDA
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Farragut Food Club
Story - Video
Brought to you by Enterprise
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Everyone Deserves Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
Story - Video
Brought to you by The Food Trust
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Proviso Partners for Health
Story - Written
Brought to you by 100MHL
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It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality
Story - Written
Brought to you by CityLab
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Feeding People in a Pandemic
Story - Written
Brought to you by Shelterforce
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Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movements Are Taking Back Ancestral Land
Story - Written
Brought to you by Civil Eats
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Data Viz: Updates to SNAP and Farmers Market Data
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/18/2018
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Growth of Organic Farming
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 12/29/2016
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SNAP Disability Dashboard
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Staff Pick!
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First Nations Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Published on 01/15/2008

Data & Metrics


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