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Improving Access to Healthy Food

How to use economic development resources

Fact Sheet
Food & Beverages

Grocery stores are valuable assets to a community: not only do they make healthy food more accessible, but they also can provide living-wage jobs, raise the value of surrounding property, and anchor and attract additional businesses to the neighborhood.

Public health officials and advocates can partner with economic development and other city agencies to help bring new food retail into low-income neighborhoods.

ChangeLab Solutions designed this fact sheet to provide a basic overview of how economic development programs work, highlighting a variety of ways for advocates to influence the process. Also available in Spanish!