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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Food
Dallas’ regional economy is robust and growing yet is facing a crisis of economic inequality which corresponds with racial inequality. South Dallas, where the population is overwhelmingly people of color, suffers from high rates of poverty and unemployment and poor access to quality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The Reinvestment Fund
Policy Areas Food, Economic Justice
The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) is a statewide financing program designed to attract supermarkets and grocery stores to underserved urban and rural communities (i.e. food deserts). This brief outlines FFFI's, financing structure, results, and special initiatives,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Food
Babies in Wilkinsburg, PA suffer from elevated blood lead levels and high mortality rates. In response, the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative has undergone multiple strategies in Wilkinsburg to improve access to quality health care and transform their educational, economic, and community...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of County & City Health Officials
Policy Areas Food, Health
This report features case studies of big cities successfully preventing and/or combating chronic disease. Strategies include improving nutrition by increasing access to healthy food and limiting sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, increasing physical activity through promoting healthy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Health, Food
This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California in relation to their vulnerability to economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings of the report show that about 612,000 LGBT Californians were living below 200% of the federal poverty level prior to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Extensive research has shown that LGBTQ people in the United States experience poverty at higher rates compared to cisgender heterosexual people. Among LGBTQ adults, transgender people and cisgender bisexual women experience the highest rates of economic insecurity. Through interviews...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County, National
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Food
LGBTQ people in the United States report high rates of food insecurity. Through questionnaire data and in-depth interviews with low-income LGBTQ people, this report documents their experiences with food insecurity, the challenges they face when accessing and using programs designed...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Food
No one should have to risk their life or spend hundreds of hours a year traveling simply to access healthy food. In too many neighborhoods and communities, local stores do not sell fresh produce or other healthy options, and transportation obstacles make getting to healthy foods dangerous,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Food
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in access to food across the United States are especially apparent. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the many subgroups of Americans known to experience especially high rates of food insecurity. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Utah
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
Salt Lake City tackled issues of fresh and healthy food availability via Resident Food Equity Advisors. Their goal was to create an equitable community food system that increased access to healthy, organic, and culturally relevant foods for historically underrepresented and underserved...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Food, Health
ProGov21's updated Public Health roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to address collective structural health problems that drive chronic disease, reinforce disparate health outcomes, and worsen the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, it provides innovative and effective...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Food
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps feed Ohioans, reduces poverty, and improves health for children and adults. However, the House Agriculture Committee's partisan Farm Bill proposes several inefficient and harmful changes to SNAP that will reduce its funding....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Food, Health
Obesity disqualifies 31 percent of youth from military service. Ensuring that all children have consistent access to fresh and nutritious food year-round is critical for kids to grow up to be healthy and prepared for any career they choose, including the military. This report provides...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Public Spaces
This report explains how a "Healthy Food Zone Ordinance" can regulate the proximity of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to schools, parks, childcare centers, or other locations frequented by children. It also includes a model ordinance which prohibits fast food restaurants...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Farmers Market Coalition
Policy Areas Health, Food, Economic Justice, Community Development, Public Spaces, Civil Rights
This report finds that technological developments can make EBT acceptance available at farmers markets and that incentive programs have made markets increasingly accessible to SNAP recipients. It also recommends that community partners educate and connect SNAP shoppers to farmers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Project for Public Spaces Inc
Policy Areas Food, Economic Justice
This roadmap provides a step-by-step guide for implementing SNAP redemption programs at local farmers markets which includes assessment, funding, marketing, and technological recommendations. It also features case studies of funding, marketing, and partnership strategies, successful...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Food, Health, Children & Families
This guide focuses on the role that regional food hubs play in addressing the distribution challenges faced by producers and increasing access to larger markets. The guide addresses frequently asked questions about regional food hubs, including their definition, impacts, barriers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Food, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health, Children & Families
This report examines opportunities for cities to invest in innovative business models and approaches to address local food systems challenges. It suggests investing in supply-side infrastructure in rural areas, focusing on value addition from regional farms and technology development...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing
Ohio's cash assistance program is made less effective by work participation-based sanctions, which bar many applicants from receiving aid. This report recommends allowing adults without disabilities to receive food aid for one year, investing more TANF dollars in direct aid for families,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of San Francisco
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Food
This ordinance establishes land and buildings as different classes of property and establishes a procedure to tax building values at lower rates than land values. It also ensures availability of full public information regarding assessments and appeal procedures; ensure that shifts...

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