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Conference on Access to Food, September 18-19, 1995 : report of the proceedings

Conference on Access to Food (1995 : Washington, D.C.), United States Department of Agriculture. Food and Consumer Service. Office of Analysis and Evaluation., and KRA Corporation
Food relief -- United States and Nutrition policy -- United States
This conference brought together retailers, academicians, researchers, community development corporations, and community residents to present and discuss strategies for improving access to nutritious and affordable food in under-served urban and rural areas. The three key themes of the conference were supermarket development, alternatives to supermarkets, and food security. The following emerged as the highlights of the conference: (1) there is a link between food access and economic development; (2) supermarket development is a key strategy for improving food access; (3) cooperative food stores can work well in both urban and rural areas; (4) urban agriculture allows for the involvement of a range of people from children to the elderly; (5) farmers markets benefit low-income communities as well as farmers; (6) public markets increase access to food and revitalize cities; (7) the development and improvement of independent small and moderate stores can meet the unique needs of neighborhoods; (8) transportation options offer an alternative means of improving access; (9) there are several sources of funding which can be used for the development of supermarkets and other access strategies; (10) food access and food security are linked.
15 p. ; 28 cm.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service, Office of Analysis and Evaluation
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