Thursday, May 26, 2016
BEST PRACTICES FOR AN EQUITABLE & SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM
A new report outlines the state of food insecurity in the United States and highlights successful tools to bring healthy and sustainable food sources to underserved communities. The report notes that people of color, low-income communities, and families with children are most likely to live in “food deserts” with limited or no access to consistent sources of healthy food. The authors illustrate successful policies and approaches to address food insecurity through case studies of programs to (1) create healthy corner and nonprofit grocery stores and food cooperatives; (2) develop farm-to-school networks; and (3) use and improve state and local governments procurement policies, land use ordinances, and permitting processes to improve residents’ diets and bring more local, fresh, and unprocessed food into low-income neighborhoods.
Source: Center for American Progress, 5/12/16, Best Practices