Access to healthful food is critical to local food policy. Many low income consumers lack the resources and information necessary to ensure that they can secure food at all, much less the generally positive health returns from fresh, naturally grown local food. There are many organizations addressing issues of hunger and nutrition who, with additional resources, will be key to ensuring the benefits of a local food economy are widely shared.
Priorities and Actions
Resources for healthy food. Bring together existing agencies and coordinate policies that effectively leverage nutrition assistance programs to connect those in need with fresh, local, nutritious foods. Actions:
Adopted Market Match at select eligible farmers' markets.
Coordinate food assistance. Work with food banks, emergency food providers, and home meal delivery organizations on a strategy for healthy meals and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Actions:
Gleaners For Good founded;
Local Guide: Food Donation sites.
Community access. Encourage and support healthy food retail outlets. Actions:
Riverside University Health System Eastside corner store refurbishment;
Al Centro mini-Product Stand.