Supporting Equitable Food Systems Through Food Assistance at Farmers' Markets

Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.55). 03/2011; 101(5):781-3. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300021
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The failure to consider access to food resources in an integrated way may lead to inequalities in nutritional opportunities among populations. Working with community groups and other public agencies, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has led interagency food system planning in San Francisco, California, since 2002. We report on one of the interventions within that initiative-a partnership between a public health agency, a local nonprofit organization, and the local food stamp program to institutionalize improved access to farmers' markets for federal food assistance beneficiaries. We further report on monitoring data collected at farmers' markets that documents significant and sustained increases of utilization by food stamp recipients since the initial intervention.

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