Check out the new national collaborative effort that is ensuring every child in the US has access to nutritious, affordable food.
By The Food Trust
The Food Trust, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is launching a national collaborative effort – the Center for Healthy Food Access – that will work to ensure that every child in the United States has access to nutritious, affordable food.
Serving as a catalyst to test groundbreaking ideas and share lessons learned, as well as to secure the progress that has been made over recent years, the Center focuses on the following efforts:
- Strengthening federal nutrition programs including SNAP, WIC and SNAP-Ed.
- Improving the food and water quality in schools.
- Creating jobs and economic development by bringing grocery stores and other healthy food businesses to underserved areas.
- Working with hospitals and healthcare systems to prevent diet related disease in low-income communities.
- Partnering with businesses to focus marketing efforts on healthier choices.
- Expanding SNAP Incentive programs that provide support to make healthier food more affordable for those on food stamps.
- Promoting healthyfoodaccess.org so organizations and businesses can share successes with one another.
- Providing $1 million in grants to more than 15 organizations across the country. For a full list of partners, go to centerforhealthyfoodaccess.org.
“Through our 25 years of working on these issues, we know that accessing healthy food is still a challenge, particularly for children and families in low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and rural areas,” says Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust. “Now more than ever, it’s important for diverse stakeholders to come together to demonstrate our support for programs and policies that can make the healthy choice the easy choice in every neighborhood.”
For more information about the Center for Healthy Food Access, visit centerforhealthyfoodaccess.org.
To read the full press release, look here.