This resolution expresses support for healthy foods in retail settings and establishes a Healthy Food Retail Taskforce to study the issue and make recommendations to the City Council. Numerous implementation steps are specified and the resolution divides tasks up according to food system stages as follows: find, afford, choose, use.
See references to "SNAP benefits/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," and "underserved areas." Resolution at 2.
See, e.g., references to "obesity," "diabetes," "healthy foods," and "health outcomes." Resolution at 1-2.
See, e.g., references to "SNAP" and "additional economic activity." Resolution at 2.
There are multiple findings including, e.g., the following: "more than two in three adults and more than one in three children in Oklahoma are overweight or obese;" "research shows that few Oklahomans have a nutritious diet;" "annual obesity-attributable expenditures in Oklahoma are $1.17 billion, according to a recent study;" and "in a weak economy, $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in economic activity." Resolution at 1, 2.
Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose," the language states a commitment on the part of the City to "doing all that it can to improve the food retail economy, especially in Chickasha's most underserved areas." Resolution at 2.
Att. A, at 1.
The resolution requires the taskforce to first review and synthesize existing retail food environment assessments. It also requires the task force to carryout specific tasks identified in the resolution and to report to the City Council regarding findings and recommendations. The tasks that are specified include: identifying barriers to selling, purchasing, marketing and preparing healthy food; identifying existing programs and policies that address those barriers; and engaging stakeholders and gauging their interest in developing programs to reduce those barriers. It also directs the task force to promote existing healthy food policies and programs. The resolution divides tasks up according to food system stages as follows: find, afford, choose, use. Attachment A.
The taskforce is responsible for presenting a report that, at minimum, should include a summary and an analysis of the taskforce's work, findings and recommendations, including a list of the most feasible recommendations, and a proposal for next steps. Attachment A.
This is an uncodified resolution (2017-01R). History: not specified.