RESOURCES

Primary Resources

Policy Database Healthy Food Policy Project

A curated, searchable database of local healthy food policies around the United States, analyzed by HFPP. The project team will continue to add policies to the database over the course of the collaboration. Suggest a policy.

Food System Crosswalk Healthy Food Policy Project

A resource showing how food policy laws intersect with components of the food system, which HFPP defines as Grow, Process, Distribute, Get, Make, and Surplus/Waste Management.

Case Studies Healthy Food Policy Project

In-depth case studies that showcase healthy food policy initiatives, and the people and communities that developed them.

Key Definitions Healthy Food Policy Project

The HFPP uses these definitions for talking and thinking about healthy food access policies.

Scientific Evidence Resources

Finding Scientific Evidence to Support a Healthy Eating Law or Policy Healthy Food Policy Project

This document presents publicly available sources that provide scientific reviews relating to laws and policies to promote healthy eating and/or access to healthy food. These reviews may include information on the impacts that these policies may have on health outcomes.

Partner Resources

Growing Food Connections University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Growing Food Connections (GFC) aims to identify innovations in local and regional public policy that strengthen community food systems in order to better support underserved residents and farmers, especially small and mid-sized farmers.

Rural Grocery Initiative Kansas State University

The Rural Grocery Initiative seeks to create new models for rural business development and sustainability. Resources include a Rural Grocery Toolkit, research to support the economic viability of rural grocery stores, and technical assistance for retail outlets and other organizations to improve food access in high-need areas in Kansas.

Blueprint for a National Food Strategy Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS)/The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School

Through legal and original research, the Blueprint Project considers the need for a national food strategy, how other countries have developed national food strategies in response to similar food systems challenges faced by the United States, and the process by which the United States has developed national strategies in response to other issues.

Community Garden Guide Public Health Law Center

Community gardening can have a tremendous positive impact on food access, community vitality, local economies, and environmental conditions in local communities. This guide provides a road map for how local laws and policies can impact local gardening efforts.

Food Swamps Predict Obesity Rates Better Than Food Deserts in the United States Kristen Cooksey-Stowers and Marlene B. Schwartz, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Kelly D. Brownell, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Food swamps have been described as areas with a high-density of establishments selling high-calorie fast food and junk food, relative to healthier food options. This study examines multiple ways of categorizing food environments as food swamps and food deserts, including alternate versions of the Retail Food Environment Index.

Legislation Database UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

A legislative database of state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases. Issue areas include access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities Toolkit The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School/Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

This toolkit helps local food advocates and nonprofit organizations understand basic legal concepts surrounding local food systems, develop a base of knowledge about the main policy areas, and be inspired by innovative policy solutions from other cities and states.