Incentivizing the Sale of Healthy and Local Food

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What You'll Learn

  • How strengthening local food systems can help communities make progress toward a number of economic, social, and health goals
  • Why planners should ensure that all members of a community have access to fresh, healthy foods regardless of income level
  • What local policies, programs, and projects are making healthy, local food accessible and affordable to all residents, especially those most in need

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Across the country, local governments are developing and implementing a wide range of policies, programs, and projects to incentivize the sale of healthy and local food to their residents. Community members, especially low-income residents and people of color, may face multiple barriers to accessing and purchasing healthy food, from a lack of healthy food retail outlets in their neighborhoods to affordability challenges for fresh, local foods.

Planners can boost economic benefits, build local food networks, and improve public health by connecting all consumers to local farmers and food-related businesses and increasing market demand for local and healthy products. Learn how New York City, Baltimore, and other areas are helping to make fresh, healthy, and local food available and affordable to all residents, including those most in need.

This session complements the Planning & Policy Brief "Incentivizing the Sale of Healthy and Local Food" from Growing Food Connections, a USDA-funded project that seeks to coordinate and integrate research, education, and planning & policy activities to build a stronger community food system from the ground up.