Articles, Reports & Research



Access to Healthy Food and Why it Matters: A Review of the Research

PolicyLink & The Food Trust | 11.01.13

Research about the impact of healthy food access has accumulated rapidly in recent years, as innovative programs working to increase healthy food access in low income communites, rural communities and communities of color continue to grow. This report looks at new evidence, and reaffirms that access to healthy food is a critical component of healthy, thriving communities.

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Lost Dollars, Empty Plates

California Food Policy Advocates | 02.01.12

While CalFresh utilization has increased rapidly over the course of the recession, California loses out on an estimated $4.9 billion in federal benefits per year due to low participation.

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Obesity and Related Mortality in Los Angeles County: A Cities and Communities Health Report

LA County Department of Public Health, Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology | 09.01.11

Rates of obesity and diet related diseases continue to climb in Los Angeles. Chronic heart disease, stroke and diabetes remain the #1, #2, and #6 leading cause of death in the County. Significant racial/ethnic disparities exist for obesity and death from obesity-related causes. African Americans experience higher mortality rates from diabetes, stroke, and chronic heart disease than any other racial/ethnic group.

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A Simple Guide for Market Managers: EBT Access at Farmers’ Markets

Ecology Center | 07.01.11

A simple step-by-step guide for accepting CalFresh benefits at farmers’ markets.

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Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Policy Brief: Local Charitable Food Programs Reach Record Level of Service, 2011

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank | 07.07.11

Profiles the growing needs of local charitable food progams in LA County to meet the demand for food assistance.

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Access to Healthy Food Tool: Farmers’ Markets

PolicyLink | 07.01.11

Highlights innovative policies and policy opportunities, addressing entrepreneurial, educational, and organizational aspects of farmers markets.

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Food Environments Near Home and School Related to Consumption of Soda and Fast Food

Babey SH, Wolstein J and Diamant AL. UCLA Center for Health Policy Research | 07.01.11

Examines the retail food environment near where adolescents live and go to school and its relationship to the consumption of fast food, soda and other sugar- sweetened beverages.

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School’s Out, Who Ate? 2011

California Food Policy Advocates | 06.01.11

Finds that more than 80 percent (2 million) of California’s children who ate subsidized school lunch during the academic year did not eat lunch served through the federal summer nutrition program.

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Bringing people to good food and good food to people: Enhancing food access through transportation and land use policies

Urban & Environmental Policy Institute | 03.01.11

Collaboration between UEPI, CRA/LA, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation–report explores the nexus between transportation, food access and land use and recommends policies and programs to help improve access.

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The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

PolicyLink | 01.01.11

Summarizes current research on food deserts and their impacts on communities and provides evidence to inform this policymaking.

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Why Place & Race Matter

PolicyLink | 01.01.11

Examines the experience and voices of community members, particularly people of color in discussing, strategizing and advancing solutions around sustainable change and profiles dynamic groups and initiatives throughout California and beyond.

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Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh Healthy Food and Transform Communities

PolicyLink | 01.01.11

Highlights three of the most promising strategies to increasing access to healthy affordable food, while revitalizing communities: developing new grocery stores, improving the selection and quality of food in existing smaller stores, and starting and sustaining farmers’ markets.

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Let’s Move! Initiative

| 01.01.11

Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

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Early Outcomes: Impact of the New WIC Foods

Altarum Institute, California WIC Association | 05.01.10

Preliminary findings of new WIC packages show increased consumption of non-fat/reduced fat milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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A Growing Gap: The Status of the Child & Adult Care Food Program in Los Angeles

California Food Policy Advocates | 12.01.10

Nearly 5,000 family day care home providers (FDCH) in Los Angeles County (more than half of all FDCH providers in the County) are not using USDA funds for free and reduced price meals and snacks through CACFP. This results in over 56,000 children missing out on important nutrition resources everyday.

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Hungry No More: A Blueprint to End Hunger in Los Angeles

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Mazon: A Jewish Response to End Hunger | 11.01.09

The Blueprint explains hunger in Los Angeles, establishes goals and makes a call to action for diverse stakeholders and communities of our city and county to come together, stand up and take action.

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The Potential Impact of Reducing Excess Sodium Consumption in Los Angeles County

Division of Chronic of Disease and Injury Prevention, LA County Department of Public Health | 01.01.10

Analyzes consequences of sodium consumption in Los Angeles County and explores what can be done to reduce it.

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Stumped at the Supermarket: Making Sense of Nutrition System Ratings

Public Health Law & Policy, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network | 01.01.10

Analyzes the future of nutrition rating systems through a variety of lenses.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers’ Markets: A How to Handbook

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Project for Public Spaces, Inc. | 06.01.10

A how-to guide for accepting SNAP benefits at farmers markets.

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Recipes for Change: Healthy Foods in Every Community

Prevention Institute and PolicyLink | 04.01.10

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

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Food Access, Availability, and Affordability in 3 Los Angeles Communities, Project CAFE, 2004-2006

Center for Disease Control | 03.01.10

Evaluated food access, availability, and affordability in 3 nonoverlapping but similar low-income communities in urban Los Angeles, California.

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Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers’ Markets

Public Health Law & Policy, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network | 12.01.09

Includes model land use policies for supporting and protecting farmers’ markets, and provides model general plan and zoning language to encourage these uses.

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School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children

Institute of Medicine | 10.20.09

In its 2009 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, the committee recommends that the USDA adopt standards for menu planning.

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The Transformation of the School Food Environment in Los Angeles: The Link Between Grassroots Organizing and Policy Development and Implementation

Healthy School Food Coalition | 07.01.09

Reviews the changes that have been made to the school food environment in Los Angeles Unified School District. General farm to school and the Farmers’ Market Salad Bar programs are both included. Other policy changes, such as a soda ban, are also discussed in the report.

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Facilitators of and Barriers to Implementing a Local Policy to Reduce Sodium Consumption in the County of Los Angeles Government, California, 2009

Gase LN, Kuo T, Dunet DO, Simon PA. Preventing Chronic Disease | 03.01.09

Explores facilitators and barriers to a proposed food procurement policy that would require food purchasers, distributors, and vendors of food service in the County of Los Angeles government to meet specified nutrition standards, including limits on sodium content.

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Feeding Our Communities: A Call for Standards for Food Access and Job Quality in Los Angeles’ Grocery Industry

Blue Ribbon Commission on LA’s Grocery Industry and Community Health | 07.01.08

Urges LA City officials to take action in addressing the disparate quality of food and jobs at grocery stores in affluent and low-resource communities.

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Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes.

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research | 04.01.08

Californians living in communities with limited food options are more likely to have diabetes and/or be obese.

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Does Race Define What’s In the Shopping Cart?

Community Health Councils Inc | 04.01.08

Examines the extent to which cultural factors are overshadowed by food choices in African American communities.

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Liquid Candy

Center for Science in the Public Interest | 06.01.05

Examines the increasing levels of soft drink consumption in the United States, particularly by children and teenagers, and the health problems this poses.

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Seeds of Change

UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning | 07.01.94

Landmark study conducted following the LA Riots in 1992, connecting the lack of food security in inner cities to inadequate planning. Argues for the need to address food problems through a comprehensive food policy.

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