Category: Policy Solutions
Despite gains over the past decade, limited access to healthy food continues to affect residents of both urban and rural communities across the United States—which is why Reinvestment Fund recently updated its Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) analysis. According to the 2018 update, 17.6 million people (5.6% of the population) live in LSA areas, a decrease of 3.1 million people (or 15%) from 2010.
The LSA analysis measures access to healthy food by determining which areas are well-served by supermarkets and which have relatively limited access. But Reinvestment Fund’s LSA analysis is unique in going beyond simply identifying areas with limited access; it also measures the extent to which LSA areas can support new or expanded food retail.
“For more than a decade, we have worked to ensure that all Americans have equitable and adequate access to healthy food,” said Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of Reinvestment Fund. “The LSA has been at the core of our evidence-based approach to solutions that bring improved access to healthy food as well as economic opportunity to communities across the country.”Read More
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Learn4Life, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Reinvestment Fund today announced the launch of ATL ACCESS Map, a new tool to explore the early learning landscape in Metro Atlanta. ATL ACCESS (Atlanta Child Care and Early Learning Supply Status) Map models the supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the region. It identifies places where care is most scarce, and where investments are most needed.
Neighborhoods across the five-county metro region, which includes Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, and Gwinnett, have a shortage of early care and education services. Data estimates that there are as many as 262,000 children under five in the metro region who need access to care.Read More
Reinvestment Fund applauds the nomination of Pamela Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Patenaude is the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to illuminating the affordable housing crisis in America. She has served as a member of Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Advisory Board since 2014.Read More
The Reinvestment Fund announces the release of its 2014 update to the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) analysis. The release offers a look at the national landscape of access to healthy food and changes in the underserved population since 2005. The analysis is part of The Reinvestment Fund’s extensive efforts to address the inadequate and inequitable access to healthy foods in communities across the country.Read More
The Reinvestment Fund’s 2014 update to the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) study that analyzes access to healthy foods in the U.S. finds that Philadelphia more than halved the number of people without access to healthy foods by introducing full-service stores to areas that had been food deserts. While improvements were seen nationwide, Philadelphia’s success in improving healthy food access makes it a clear leader on this issue.Read More
The Reinvestment Fund announces a select release of its 2014 update to the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) analysis. The release offers a look at the data for five states—California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia. The analysis is part of The Reinvestment Fund’s extensive efforts to address the inadequate and inequitable access to healthy foods in communities across the country.Read More
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) announces the appointment of a new Policy Advisory Board Member, Pamela Hughes Patenaude. The Policy Advisory Board, which includes renowned academics and practitioners, reviews TRF’s research methods and products and provides feedback and direction.Read More