Access to Healthy Food Improves Health and Brings Economic Benefits
From Huffington Post:
Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities — better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets. The problem is particularly acute in low-income communities of color.
The good news is Congress took steps to expand access to healthy food last week, including a$125 million authorization for the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) in the nearly $1 trillion farm bill. To improve access, the program invests in the development and expansion of food retail businesses and food hubs that in return can bring much-needed jobs and spur economic revitalization in low-income neighborhoods.
Text above from Huffington Post, written by leadership from The Food Trust, PolicyLink, and the Reinvestment Fund. Read the full article here, which includes more details about the research and HFFI.
Photo above from Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo taken October, 2013.
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