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Closing the Grocery Gap in Maryland. Maryland Governor’s Housing Conference Eugene Kim, The Food Trust October 16, 2012. The Food Trust. Working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. The Food Trust. Founded in 1992 5 Program Areas: Farmers ’ Markets

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closing the grocery gap in maryland

Closing the Grocery Gap in Maryland

Maryland Governor’s Housing Conference

Eugene Kim, The Food Trust

October 16, 2012

the food trust
The Food Trust

Working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food

the food trust1
The Food Trust
  • Founded in 1992
  • 5 Program Areas:
    • Farmers’ Markets
    • School Nutrition Education
    • Healthy Corner Stores Initiative
    • Farm to School
    • Supermarket, Grocery Store, and Healthy Food Retail Development
obesity trends among u s adults brfss 1985
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 1985

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 1991
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 1991

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 1997
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 1997

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% ≥20%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 2001
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 2001

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% ≥25%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 2005
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 2005

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%

obesity trends among u s adults brfss 2010
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 2010

(*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)

No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%

the pennsylvania fresh food financing initiative
The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative
  • Public-private partnership
  • $120 million financing program that provides grants and loans to supermarkets and grocery stores
accomplishes public health and economic development goals
Accomplishes public health and economic development goals
  • 88 Projects
  • 5,000+ jobs
  • 1.6 million square feet of retail
  • $165 million total project investment

“Top 15 Innovations in American Government”– Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, 2009

momentum building nationwide
Momentum Building Nationwide
  • New York
  • New Orleans
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • California
healthy food financing initiative
Healthy Food Financing Initiative

I. Executive Action

  • Federal government’s 1st ever coordinated step to eliminate food deserts
  • Interagency initiative including grants, tax credits and technical assistance
    • FY 2011: $45 million awarded through Treasury and HHS
    • FY 2012: $32 million awarded through Treasury and HHS
    • FY2013 budget request: $285 million through Treasury ($25 million), HHS ($10 million), and a $250 million set-aside within $7 billion NMTCprogram

II. Legislative Action

  • 2012 Farm Bill: Would establish HFFI within USDA
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HFFI Assistance

For CDFIs

  • Financial Assistance
    • Financing Healthy Food Options Training Workshops

For CDEs

  • New Markets Tax Credits

For CDCs

  • Financial Assistance
hffi triple bottom line
HFFI Triple Bottom Line

Economic Stimulus

Jobs

Health

Developing

Quality Food

Markets in

Underserved

Communities

  • Revitalizes neighborhoods
  • Leverages private capital
  • Increases local taxes
  • Creates jobs with career paths for local residents
  • Promotes a healthier diet which can reduce rates of diabetes & obesity
t he healthy food financing initiative campaign diverse support
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative Campaign – Diverse Support
  • Partial List of National Supporters
  • American Heart Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Community Food Security Coalition
  • Food Research and Action Center
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • NAACP
  • National Grocers Association
  • National WIC Association
  • Opportunity Finance Network
  • United Fresh Produce Association
t he healthy food financing initiative advocacy campaign
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative Advocacy Campaign
  • The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund & PolicyLink
  • More than 90 organizational supporters
  • Stay informed and get involved: www.policylink.org

The Food Trust

areas of need in maryland
Areas of Need in Maryland

Mapping Data Sources:

  • Supermarket Sales:
    • Trade Dimensions Retail Database, 2009
  • Population and Income:
    • ACS 2005-2009
  • Diet-related Death:
    • The Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2008 (select ICD-10 codes)
maryland supermarkets
Maryland Supermarkets

www.TheFoodTrust.org

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Public Health and

Nutrition Leaders

Children’s Advocates

Supermarket

Industry Leaders

Grocery Access

Task Force

Community and

Economic Development

Leaders

Government Officials

Business and Civic

Leaders

Maryland Fresh Food Retail Task Force

barriers to supermarket development
Barriers to Supermarket Development
  • Development & Operating Costs
  • Financing
  • SNAP Distribution
  • Workforce
  • Transportation
  • Financing
  • Security
  • Land Assembly and Use
recommendation 2 healthy food financing
Recommendation #2 – Healthy Food Financing
  • Develop or expand a flexible business financing program of grants and loans to support the development, renovation, or expansion of stores that carry or would want to carry healthy foods in underserved communities.
recommendation 7 snap distribution
Recommendation #7 – SNAP Distribution
  • A new distribution schedule should be developed that disburses SNAP benefits more evenly throughout the month and over a longer period of time.
next steps
Next Steps
  • Final Report from Task Force
  • Advocacy & Implementation Working Groups
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Thank you!

Visit us online: www.thefoodtrust.org

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefoodtrust

Follow us on Twitter: @thefoodtrust

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