Cincinnati Fresh Food Retail Financing Fund

June 23, 2014

The Cincinnati Fresh Food Retail Financing Fund is an innovative financing program created to increase the number of supermarkets, grocery stores, and other fresh food markets in low-income, underserved communities in the Cincinnati area. With funding from the City of Cincinnati, the Center for Closing the Health Gap and the Cincinnati Development Fund will operate the fund with the support of two national organizations, The Food Trust and Uplift Solutions.

Click here to download the Program Guidelines. To find out if you are eligible for the fund, download the application: Cincinnati Fresh Food …

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December 11, 2013

The owner of corner store Jet-In in west Cincinnati joined the healthy food network and now offers fresh produce.

In Cincinnati, the Center for Closing the Health Gap began by addressing obesity at the neighborhood level. In some, such as Avondale, major grocery stores had closed leaving corner stores, gas stations and minimarts as the few places to buy food. Avondale residents conducted a food establishment survey to help the center understand the conditions and barriers existing within corner stores. “We saw corner stores with WIC certification that, when you …

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Do Right!® Healthy Stores Campaign Expands

September 26, 2013

The Do Right!® Corner Store Network has expanded to the West End through a Greater Cincinnati Foundation grant. West End joins Avondale in addressing the city’s food deserts issue — Walnut Hills, Lower Price Hill, Northside, South Cumminsville/Millvale and Mt. Auburn will soon follow.

Jet-In (pictured right) entered the network in June after West End’s Food Outlet Assessment led by West End residents. Eight of the Health Gap’s planned 14 corner stores will be operational by the first quarter of 2014.

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FORTUNE: FOOD DESERT REALITY: debate intensifies over food access, 8/15

August 16, 2013

From Fortune Magazine – August 15, 2013

Swaths of urban America are USDA-designated food deserts. Experts may disagree on the term and the numbers involved, but the problem is real.

Oneikah Delgado walks two hours to buy her family food. The 40-year-old mother of six lives in the Bronx’s Baychester neighborhood. Delgado makes her monthly visit to Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx, where they have a food pantry for people to supplement their household supplies with canned vegetables, fresh produce, eggs, beans, and grains. About 80 …

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August 14, 2013

It’s best to start with the question “what is a food desert?”
A food desert is a neighborhood or area where its residents have little or no access to healthy, fresh foods. This lack of accessibility is a major barrier to those in the community who are trying to live healthier lifestyles.

A National Issue
The Cost of Obesity is High
CDC’s Recommended Strategies to Prevent Obesity
Food Access & the Grocery Gap
Efforts Underway!
Next Steps…

A National Issue

There are 23.5 million Americans living in designated food deserts (USDA, 2009). An alarming …

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August 08, 2013

“Inside Cincinnati” features Renee Mahaffey Harris, Executive Director of the Health Gap, and Cincinnati City Council member, Wendell Young. They discuss health disparities and food deserts in our communities. Courtesy of CitiCable.

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