Food For All: Broward

Food For All: Broward

About Food for All: Broward
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

The Issue
There is a direct connection between the availability and access to healthy foods and diet-related disease such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The good news is that increasing access to healthy foods not only improves public health, but can spur economic development and neighborhood jobs in distressed communities.[1] Healthy food initiatives can increase employment in communities by providing jobs across the food system (from farm to table), attract foot traffic and other retail, provide workforce development and training opportunities, promote environmental sustainability and boost local economies.[2] By working together, we can improve the health and quality of life of all residents through proven and creative ways that local governments have used across the country to make healthy foods more affordable and accessible.

Solution-Building through Food for All Broward
Through Food for All Broward, education and technical assistance will be provided to participating municipalities to develop and implement strategies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. Municipalities will be assisted in identifying and implementing evidence-based food policy and system change options including farmer’s markets, healthy food zones, updating comprehensive plans and other strategies that have successfully helped communities close healthy food access gaps.

During the first phase of Food for All Broward, support will be provided to the following 13 jurisdictions:

-Broward County Municipal Services District
-Coconut Creek
-Dania Beach
-Fort Lauderdale
-Hallandale Beach
-Hollywood
-Lauderdale by the Sea
-Lauderdale Lakes
-Lauderhill
-Pompano Beach
-Miramar
-Pembroke Park
-Pembroke Pines

This initial cohort will provide a diverse cross-section of municipalities that will accelerate peer learning, policy and system changes, and collaborations that can produce impacts that reach a significant portion of county residents.

Get Involved
Please join us as we kick off Food for All Broward with a convening of elected officials, city and county government staff, community-based organizations, advocates and residents of the 13 jurisdictions on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 NW 11th St, Fort Lauderdale, 33311:

Food for All Kick-Off Workshop
-10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Food for All Kick-Off Workshop will include:
-A presentation on healthy food gaps and health disparities within the 13 jurisdictions
-Discussion of successful evidence-based food system change strategies that can be applied in Broward County
-Opportunity to network and learn from diverse participants including government officials, community-based organizations and advocates committed to expanding access to healthy foods across the county.

To register for one of these events, please click here.

Program Contact
To partner with Food for All Broward or for more information about the initiative, contact: info@urbanhs.com

Mayor’s Pledge

Food for All Broward encourages cities to take proactive and bold leadership to expand access to healthy foods. By making a public commitment to promote access to healthy foods, mayors can play an important role in increasing awareness and building momentum for policies and initiatives that can promote community food security, equity, health, environmental sustainability, job creation, and economic development. Mayors are encouraged to sign the “Mayor’s Pledge,” promising to make your city a place where food is healthy, sustainable and affordable for all residents. Please encourage your mayor to sign the pledge today. Your mayor can sign the pledge by clicking here or downloading the pledge and emailing it to info@urbanhs.com.

Download Mayor’s Pledge

Resources

Food for All Fact Sheet
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

Food for All Broward: Preventable Diabetes and Food Deserts in Broward County
Policy changes that make healthier foods more available, accessible, and affordable for vulnerable residents living in food deserts and high diabetes ZIP codes in Broward County could greatly curtail future cases of diabetes. This fact sheet from Food for All Broward presents findings from our analysis of the relationship between diabetes and food deserts in the County. The confluence of diabetes and food deserts is clear: The majority (68%) of the County’s food deserts are located within high diabetes ZIP codes. Food deserts tend to cluster within clusters of high diabetes ZIP codes, mostly between I-95 and the Turnpike. The findings suggest that communities face inequities, particularly a lack of access to healthy foods, that contribute to increased risk of diabetes.

Food for All Broward: Policy Audit Assessment
Food for All Broward conducted a policy audit to understand the existing food policy landscape in the 13 Food for All Broward focus jurisdictions. Three general categories of policy documents were collected and analyzed for each jurisdiction: Comprehensive plans, Master Plans and/or CRA Plans, and Ordinances. This fact sheet provides a summary of the policy audit findings for each municipality.

Food for All Kick-off Workshop Presentations 1/18/18

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community

Policies and Lessons from Across the Nation

Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Relations, The Food Trust

Local Case Study – Miramar

Elsi Rose, LEED AP, Development Management Coordinator, City of Miramar

Michael Alpert, AICP, LEED AP, Principal Planner, City of Miramar

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community – Data

Anthony Olivieri, MURP, Founder, FHEED, LLC

Other Helpful Resources

The Food Trust
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit that works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. The website features useful fact sheets, case studies, videos and reports.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities Toolkit (PDF)
This toolkit is geared towards local food policy councils and local food advocates—those who have identified a challenge or opportunity within their community’s food system and want to make an impact through policy change. The toolkit provides a starting place to understand the basic legal concepts surrounding local food systems, develop a base of knowledge about the main policy areas, and discover examples and innovations from other localities.

Healthy Food Access Portal
The Healthy Food Access Portal brings together the rapidly growing body of research, best practices, resources, and policy information for community members, practitioners, advocates, entrepreneurs, and others who are committed to ensuring that all communities have equitable access to healthy, quality, affordable food.

Healthy Food Policy Project
The Healthy Food Policy Project features a curated, searchable database of innovative local healthy food policies, a crosswalk of local laws and policies, organized by food system category and type of law, and case studies that showcase healthy food policy initiatives around the country.

Events

Food For All Broward Kick-Off
Thursday, January 18, 2018 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Roosevelt Gardens Park
2841 NW 11th St, Fort Lauderdale, 33311

Did you know that there are 102 food deserts in Broward County? That means that 28% of the county’s population live in areas without adequate access to healthy foods. There is a direct connection between the availability and access to healthy foods and diet-related disease such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

The good news is that across the country and here in Broward County, governments and communities are responding to these challenges with strategies that not only improve health, but promote economic development, job creation and environmental sustainability.

Please join us for an interactive workshop for Food For All Broward where local and national speakers will facilitate strategy discussions and share data and information including:

  • The economic, public health and environmental benefits of improving access to healthy foods
  • Lessons learned in Broward County and across the nation on how to  implement community gardens, farmer’s markets and other program and policies that connect residents to healthy foods while promoting a healthy, thriving civic culture and local economy
  • Findings from a food policy audit of 13 Broward County citiesDuring the workshop attendees will also begin the steps for developing a policy action plan to increase access to healthy foods in their communities.

 

Featured speakers include:

  • Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Relations, The Food Trust
  • Elsie Rose, Development and Capital Management Coordinator, City of  Miramar
  • Anthony Olivieri, Food for Health, the Environment, Economy, and Democracy (FHEED)