Innovations in Healthy Food Access and Finance


Monday, December 14, 2015


8:00 am – 2:30 pm


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street
San Francisco, CA94105


Lena Robinson
Federal Reserve Bank of San Franciso

Innovation in healthy food access is sprouting up all over the place. With vacant lots being replaced by urban gardens and apps that help home gardeners get their bumper crops to a food bank, examples of innovative strategies that promote access to healthy and affordable food continue to grow (no pun intended). These strategies also provide much needed employment and job skills for hard to employ individuals, as well as earned income for their nonprofit sponsors.

This symposium highlighted a range of projects that are on the cutting edge of increasing access to healthy food. Attendees heard about the challenges and opportunities to support the local economy, benefit small farmers and eradicate food deserts. Presenters discussed how they are looking to scale their projects to meet the growing demand for fresh and healthy food. Everyone was inspired by the unique range of strategies that are culturally relevant and adaptable for any community.