This grant funds PolicyLink as part of a larger project team conducting the research and outreach needed to create the National Fresh Food Financing Initiative (NFFFI) to provide healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods by providing grants and loans to quality food outlets. PolicyLink will model this national effort after the successful Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (PFFFI). In partnership with PolicyLink, The Food Trust and the Reinvestment Fund will develop a model federal policy agenda, conduct research to support the agenda, build a diverse coalition of stakeholders, and educate and inform policy makers. PolicyLink will manage the policy effort and provide overall strategy for the team. This will include coordinating the participation of advocacy efforts of the full group, hosting convenings on behalf of the partnership and connecting with various stakeholder leaders who can contribute to the effort. The Food Trust will use its expertise from successfully creating and implementing the PFFFI by helping strategize how to link state and federal fresh food policy efforts, participate in policy development and research and connect to grocery industry leaders. The Reinvestment Fund will use its financial and industry expertise by helping policy makers understand the financial hurdles in this industry and connect to economic development leaders. The deliverables will include: (1) a series of policy briefs and fact sheets to build the case for NFFFI; (2) at least one general briefing for Congressional staff and the media on social equity and food access; and (3) draft policies for NFFFI. The grantee will not use Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds for lobbying.
Amount Awarded $194,188.00
Awarded on: 9/29/2009
Time frame: 10/15/2009 - 10/14/2010
Grant Number: 66849