Since 1992, The Food Trust has been working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions.
The Food Trust's comprehensive approach includes improving food environments and teaching nutrition education in schools; working with corner store owners to increase healthy offerings and helping customers make healthier choices; managing farmers markets in communities that lack access to affordable produce; and encouraging grocery store development in underserved communities.
Understanding the Importance of Food Access
"We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity, but access is a key issue," says Dr. Giridhar Mallya. "People don't have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall."
At The Food Trust, we work on programs and policies supporting healthy food access wherever food is sold or served. We encourage healthy retail development in underserved communities, teach kids how to eat healthy in schools, host cooking demonstrations at recreation centers, run farmers markets in neighborhoods, support farm to school initiatives, and provide incentives for increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. All of these things combined is what can improve the health of people and our neighborhoods.