Urban Design Lab

Urban Design Lab is a joint collaboration between the Laboratory of the Earth Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Prevention at Columbia University. Their research projects look at an integrated regional foodshed in the Northeast and use data to analyze processing and transportation systems while increasing access to fresh food. 


US Department of Health and Human Services

The department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Community Services website includes information on President Obama’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a collaboration between the Department of Treasury, USDA, and HHS, that aims to bring healthy food to retail and corner stores in underserved areas across the country.  Find information on the HFFI here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/ocs_food.html

The HHS Office of Minority Health webpage provides data profiles related to diseases and obesity rates of Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander populations. The website provides resources, background information on related policies and initiatives and tools, and you can search through data by population or health topic.           




SCORE is a nonprofit association, supported by the Small Business Administration, which mentors small businesses. The program links small business owners with volunteer experts in their local community that provide technical assistance in a variety of areas such as starting a business, management, government contracting, technology and sales. Score has over 13,000 metors in 500 industries across the country.


The Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College

The Center for Food and Justice at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute publications page covers topics including farm to school and other farm to institution programs, and food access case studies from across the Los Angeles area.


Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC has many resource pages related to food access centered on Obesity, Transportation and Food Access – which includes resources on food-related transportation in low income communities, and Healthy Food Environments -  and includes a variety of food access-related resources on community gardens, farmers markets, food policy councils and farmland protection. Resource pages provide fact sheets on various topics, and also include reports and white papers.



Community Food Enterprise

Wallace Center and BALLE International highlight case studies of community food enterprises –locally owned food businesses – from across the globe. These case studies focus on the enterprise strategies used to gain competitiveness, outline major challenges and solutions to overcome those challenges, ask how the enterprises meet the triple bottom lines of 'profit, people, and planet,' and address how replicable their business models are.


Healthy Foods Here

The goal of the Healthy Foods Project project, which is a collaboration between King County Public Health Department and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is to make healthy food available in the county by supporting local businesses and providing resources on healthy foods. Some of the resources on the website include merchandising tips to help retailers sell healthy foods, a produce manual that provides basic care information on over 50 types of produce. Their resource guides for produce store owners are currently available in English, Spanish, Somali and Korean.


Regulating Food Retail for Obesity Prevention: How Far Can Cities Go?

This article, found in the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and written by Paul A. Diller and Samantha Graff, explores the legal authority of cities and counties to enact food-related retail policies and provides examples of laws and policies throughout the country of business operations restricting unhealthy food options or promoting healthy options.


Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity

'Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity,' a report collaboratively written by the Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the result of a conference which included than 60 public health experts, food retailers, food manufacturers and consumer product designers who met in June 2010, to explore grocery store marketing practices to promote lower-calorie foods.


Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations

This presentation presents findings from interviews conducted with the help of the Food Hub Tactical Team which is comprised of the Wallace Center, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service and Agricultural Research Service. The Food Hub Tactical Team looks at how to develop viable local and regional food systems by conducting interviews with food hubs, identifies the core components of a food hub, and offers examples of models from across the country.


Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report

This report from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services is the fourth in a series of CDC reports that looks at the environmental and policy indicators used to improve nutrition, physical activity and reduce obesity in children.


Consumer Agency and Food Retailer Choice in an American Urban Neighborhood

This paper from the Journal of Social Inclusion analyzes data from a survey sent to food insecure and secure households in Lansing, Michigan, to understand retailer perceptions and shopping behaviors.

Guide To Marketing Channel Selection

This guide on “How to Sell through Wholesale and Direct Marketing Channels” comes from Cornell University’s Tomkins County Cooperative Extension and provides information on successful marketing to small to medium sized fruit and vegetable growers. Topics covered include marketing channel combinations, wholesale buyer expectations, post-harvest handling and tips for building successful relationships with grocery stores and food retailers.


Food Access and Food Security – An Empirical Analysis

This report, written by Alessandro Bonanno and Jing Li from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, analyzes the effect that access to different types of food outlets have on household food insecurity levels.


Journal of Food Distribution Research - March 2011

The March 2011 edition of the Journal of Food Distribution Research, published by the Food Distribution Society, includes articles on farm-direct marketing and food sales, consumer perceptions of agriculture products, case studies and risk management training for small farmers.


Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges and Ownership Models that Work

The role of grocery stores in rural communities is discussed in a set of reports from John Bailey, Director the Center for Rural Affairs. The first report, Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges 2010 discusses the cause and effect that disappearing grocery stores have on rural areas and the six major challenges facing grocery store owners. The second report, Rural Grocery Stores: Ownership Models that Work for Rural Communities identifies the four primary models for ownership of grocery stores in rural communities.