Fresh, Local Food Access Toolkit - New York
Research shows that increasing access to locally grown food can result in greater consumption of fresh foods and vegetables which leads to lower diet-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes in both adults and children. Low-income communities of color are disproportionately affected by limited access to fresh foods, particularly in urban areas.
Affordable housing developers and community based organizations are in a unique position to provide greater access to fresh and local food to their residents and within their communities. This toolkit, which is designed to provide step-by-step instructions and resources to implement a fresh food access model that meets the Enterprise Green Communities. Access to Fresh, Local Food Criteria, best addresses the needs of your development, and leverages the assets of your organization and neighborhood.
The toolkit will walk your organization through the decision making process, identifying the benefits and challenges of each food access model so that you can select the best fit for your organization and development. The toolkit will also provide resources to connect your organization with experts in the field depending on the food access model you choose.