Local Incentives to Improve Access to Healthy Foods

To combat the increasing number of communities with inadequate access to full-service grocery stores, states and counties have begun investing in small food retailers that the communities often heavily rely upon. Small food retail laws introduce incentives such as grants, loans, tax incentives, or technical assistance to increase the quality of food options available in a targeted area.

Laws to increase access to healthier foods exist at every level of government. Legal strategies introduced by local and county-level jurisdictions are more easily responsive to the communities they serve, and can reflect the diverse needs of  those communities.

This map demonstrates key components of local-level small food retail laws in seven cities and counties that intend to stimulate healthier food retail through incentivization in effect as of August 1, 2018.

This project was created as part of the 2018 Local Policy Surveillance Project. For more information and other datasets related to this project, please click here

This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000141 awarded to ChangeLab Solutions and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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