ALL HOOSIERS DESERVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND HEALTHY FOODS.
Let’s make that a reality.
A food desert is an urban or rural area where there is very little availability of affordable, healthy, fresh foods. Low access to a healthy food retail outlet is defined as living more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store in urban areas and as more than 10 miles in rural areas. Where you live can have an impact on your health and quality of life. In food deserts, residents often experience food insecurity, or limited availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
IN 2009, A STUDY FOUND THAT 26 OF 92 INDIANA COUNTIES HAD ONE OR MORE FOOD DESERT.
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WHOM DOES IT AFFECT?
HIGHEST RATES OF FOOD INSECURITY
Households with Children
Single Mothers with Children
Of all Hoosiers
Of Hoosier children
MOST COMMON REASONS FOR HOOSIER FOOD INSECURITY
Limited access to supermarket or grocery store
Federal, state, and local legal and policy initiatives can play an important role in increasing the availability and affordability of healthy food. Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) supports projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities that currently lack these options. High construction and workforce development costs, along with other barriers to entry, make it difficult to bring healthy food retailers to areas with low access. State dollars invested with HFFI can offset those costs and bring new and expanded retailers to communities. HFFI funds can also be used for other projects that increase healthy food access.
GOVERNMENT OR FOUNDATION
Provides seed funding & oversees program implemention
community development financial institution & food access organization
Raises private capital, provides financing, determines applicant eligibility, markets program & advocates for community
FRESH FOOD RETAIL PROJECTS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Supermarkets, small grocery stores, co-ops, farmers markets & other non-traditional formats
applies for financial incentives to build or expand stores in a food desert.
the food access organization
screens for eligibility.
the community development financial institution
provides customized financing to support the store.
In 2004, Pennsylvania created the nation’s first statewide program to address the lack of fresh food available in its communities.
USING THE STATE’S $30 M CAPITAL, THE REINVESTMENT FUND LEVERAGED AN ADDITIONAL $146 M IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CAPITAL FROM OTHER SOURCES
THE FRESH FOOD FINANCING INITIATIVE SERVED 500,000 PEOPLE AND CREATED OR RETAINED 5,000 JOBS.
The Food Trust partnered with the Reinvestment Fund to co-administer the initiative. Since its launch, the initiative has approved funding for nearly 90 new and expanded fresh food retail projects across the state.
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. used the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to install new equipment and expand healthy food retail space in supermarkets located in densely populated, lower-income areas. The new supermarket initiative serves 6,000 people and created or retained 50 jobs.