Understanding challenges to healthy food access is now three times easier with PolicyMap. Check out our new data and tools for evaluating the strength of your community’s access to healthy fresh foods:
1. Mapping Food Access webinar
PolicyMap’s Mapchats series continues next week with Mapping Food Access.
Learn how to use data to increase access to healthy fresh food in your target area. Hear from experts in the field who will tell their stories about how and why data and mapping are indispensable to their work.
Wednesday, April 22, 2-3 PM EST
2. Limited Supermarket Analysis 2014 (LSA)
Use The Reinvestment Fund’s LSA data on PolicyMap to understand the degree of equitable access to healthy foods across the country and to apply for funding for fresh food initiatives.
Healthy Food Financing Initiative funding opportunities, such as HHS’ Community Economic Development program require data-supported descriptions of a community’s needs as a part of the application process, and the LSA data can be an important part of that information. Find it in the Quality of Life tab.
2. Healthy Food Access Portal’s Research Your Community Tool
Robert Wood Johnson, PolicyLink, The Food Trust and The Reinvestment Fund teamed up with PolicyMap to create the Healthy Food Access Portal’s Research Your Community tool.
This new mapping tool helps individuals and organizations to better understand the communities in which they’re working to improve access to healthy food. Check out data on the map like daily fruit and vegetable consumption, and run a report to get a snapshot of area demographics, food environment, and federal programs and investments.