COVID-19 has disrupted many lives across the world, and has increased the need for food access support. Our team created a new resource that shares local government policies that accelerate, prioritize or facilitate food access during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergency periods.
This resource is a companion to our COVID-19 Food Access Municipal Policy Index and summarizes some of the types of laws we found through our research.
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.
This resource provides an introduction to common elements of laws and policies, shares examples of how these elements can be used to support local healthy food access, and offers recommended practices in the drafting process for those who may be exploring or entering the world of local policymaking, or for those who want to advocate for healthy food access policies.
A resource showing how local laws can promote access to healthy food across the food system.
This resource focuses on opportunities for—and challenges to—growing food for people who rent their home, lease the land they live on, or live in common interest communities.
This resource discusses how community planners can use existing and innovative tools to support and build local and regional food systems with a goal of increasing access to healthy food, and presents some ideas about gaps and opportunities for improvement.
In-depth case studies that showcase healthy food policy initiatives, and the people and communities that developed them.
A listing of all upcoming and archived Healthy Food Policy Project webinar content.
This resource explores the evolving language of food systems and policy work centered on addressing structural racism and inequity. It describes equity-focused terms and frameworks related to the food system, outlines how these terms and frameworks are used in food policy, and provides examples of what they mean in practice.
A guide that describes what types of terms should be defined, and the commonly used ways to define them at the local level.
This list shares reports, guides, toolkits, and websites for drafting policies related to urban agriculture.
This list shares reports, guides, toolkits, and websites for drafting healthy food policies.
A guide that describes the term “authentic resident engagement” and when to use it; including the working principles and tools to use throughout the policy development process.
Interview with a community action task force advisory coordinator.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, food policy councils (FPCs) have emerged as a critical structure for organizing community-based responses to multiple food system issues. Using the early results of a Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future survey of FPCs (2020), this commentary discusses accomplishments and contributions that 118 FPCs have made toward addressing hunger and supporting producers, school food, food chain workers, racial equity, and resilience in the U.S. and in Tribal nations.
This spreadsheet is a collection of the policies enacted at the state level to policies that provide home-delivery of food to marginalized populations in response to COVID, policies that provide onsite meals or pick-up sites for emergency food for marginalized populations in response to COVID and policies that provide additional funding for the provision of meals or emergency food in response to COVID.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
This toolkit includes farm case studies to illustrate innovative models of farmland access, farm transfer, and the strategic use of conservation tools to enhance the affordability of farm access and transfer, and to keep farmland in farming.