Food distribution and access

  • Adopt one or more ordinance, resolution, or policy that supports the procurement of local food.
  • Utilize the Good Food Purchasing Program to have more transparent and equitable food systems.
  • Identify food deserts – parts of a community where it is difficult to find and/or afford good-quality vegetables and other food – and develop and enact plans to reduce them.
  • Establish appropriate food prices for all income levels. (Refer to page 49 of Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit for guidelines for assessing food availability and affordability.)

  • Develop a list of companies and farmers that provide food to locations within the jurisdiction and exported to other communities. The list should include contact information and food types provided.
  • Develop a plan in conjunction with partner agencies and the community to address local and global food supply emergencies. The plan should be shared with the public and surrounding governments.
  • Collect and distribute food access data and to determine which areas are the most affected by food insecurity.
  • Implement policies and programs that support a diversity of food outlets (supermarkets, farmers markets, farm stands, etc.).
  • Review zoning codes and other land use regulations and eliminate or reduce policies that restrict urban food production.

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from existing federal and other resources. Please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document: