Healthy Food Access

Research and resources for communities that are working to increase access to healthy food for everyone.

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When we think about what it takes to live healthy, having easy access to nutritious food is critical.

Unfortunately, in many communities across America, unhealthy food abounds while affordable, healthy options remain limited.

For millions of households, a lack of reliable access to healthy food hinders childrens' growth and development, and increases risk for obesity and challenges to health and well-being throughout life. This is especially true in low-income communities in inner-city and rural areas, where convenience stores and fast-food restaurants are widespread but major grocery stores are often scarce.

This collection includes research, resources and stories for communities that are working to increase access to affordable, healthy food for everyone.

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How SNAP Benefits Seniors—and Health Care's Bottom Line

February 1, 2018 | Blog Post

Research shows that seniors who participate in the SNAP program are much less likely to be admitted to nursing homes and hospitals.

The Farm That's Growing Healthier Generations

November 20, 2017 | Blog Post

Healthy eating is key to healthy living, yet nearly 1 million New Jerseyans, including 340,000 children, struggle with food insecurity—meaning they’re not always sure where their next meal is coming from.

How a Healthy Food System Can Transform Your Community

November 28, 2016 | Blog Post

By lifting up a culture of community ownership that transcends racial and classist histories, Mandela is increasing access to healthy food and sustainable business opportunities.