Producing healthy food in cities is not enough. To ensure that this food makes it to the plates of low income populations we need to create real partnerships that can leverage policy and systems change, but also the work of community partners that work with low income families.
In this phase we are proposing to develop pilots in three mid-sized cities across the United States. The goal of these pilots will be to explore:
- How to define a benefit agreement between growers and cities that will lock in benefits for low income consumers while creating a beneficial climate for urban agriculture.
- How to reach low-income consumers directly through partnerships with schools, public food programs such as SNAP and WIC, and relationships with food outlets that serve low-income neighborhoods.
- How to leverage other health initiatives to increase demand for healthy food.