Improving Access to Healthy Food
Farm Bill Updates
With wide bipartisan support, Congress passed The Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the Farm Bill) on February 4, 2014, which for the first time will officially establish a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) at the United States Department of Agriculture. The inclusion of HFFI is a significant win for community leaders from across the country seeking to bring healthy food and jobs to their communities. PolicyLink, The Reinvestment Fund, and The Food Trust, along with local, state, and national healthy food advocates, have been working for many years to expand fresh food access in underserved areas throughout the U.S.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) worked with Committee Leadership Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), to include the $125 million HFFI program authorization.
Expanding access to healthy food is a key strategy within a multi-faceted approach to improve the food environment and advance community well-being. And supermarkets and grocery stores that provide access to healthy, affordable food are a necessary step toward that well-being. In many low-income communities, supermarkets not only improve access to healthier food options, they also bring much-needed jobs and spur economic revitalization. Click here for more details.
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State and City HFFI Efforts
Efforts are underway in several states and cities to replicate the successful Pennsylvania FFFI program. Legislation has been passed and/or projects are underway in: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois,Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. See here for more details.