Your Community, Your Food: Seven Ways to Get Healthy Food into Your Community

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  • 1. Your Community, Your FoodEveryone deserves a chance to make healthy food choices.But in too many places, its hard to get good foodespecially inlow-income areas, where food is often more expensive and lowerquality. Reaching the nearest full-service grocery store may takeseveral transit stops or a long drive.People tend to eat the food thats easy to get. When thats mostly low-quality food, its bad for their health. And that hurts families and commu-nities through reduced quality of life, high health care costs, and lost worktime. So, its better for all of us if everyone can get good food to eat.There are many things you can do, especially if you work withyour neighbors or a local organization. Talk to people about yourconcerns and what you can do together. Look within your owncommunity for skills and resources. Together, you can come up withcreative solutions. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.7 Ways to Get Healthy Food into Your CommunitySmall changes in the local food systemGrow some of your own food at home or in a community garden.of our communities. And when we helpShare skills to help friends and neighbors learn to grow, cook,our friends and neighbors stay healthy, or preserve their own food (and have fun doing it!) You may want toits good for everyone.Learn more! Ask your local stores to carry and promoteFor more information and action ideas,healthier foods. Support those that do.visit your local schools, hospitals, andGet connected! -cally, contact the group listed Help organize a buying club, coop,or farm stand to make healthy foodarea, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or local food assistance programs reach people inAsk your local government to increase access to healthyfoods through improving transit routes, providing space forcommunity gardens, or other methods. Join a local foodpolicy council, or consider starting one.Produced by the Community Food Security Coalition ( and World Hunger Year.To request hard-copy versions of this handout, email by theCoup.orgThis project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of CSREES, USDA. Grant # 2003-33800-14105.