Food for All: neighborhood food planning

July 27, 2016 Update: Food Access Recommendations

July 22, 2016 update: Inclusive Neighborhood Food Planning in North Austin complete report on the food system study. Specific recommendations for the FY17 city budget will be available in August.

June 1, 2016 update: Briefing to City Council on the food system study and recommendations

wordcloudA team from UT’s LBJ School and the City’s Office of Sustainability have been conducting a neighborhood food planning study in the area bounded by 183, Metric, Braker, and Dessau/Cameron, including the North Lamar and Georgian Acres neighborhood planning areas.

According to the study, neighborhood residents face four major challenges to accessing healthy food:

  • AVAILABILITY – people who live in this area are unable to find good quality, nutritious food in their neighborhood
  • AFFORDABILITY – residents are unable to afford healthy food given competing financial pressures, such as rent and transportation costs
  • AWARENESS – there is a lack of culturally appropriate information about healthy food, where to find it, and how to prepare it
  • ACCESSIBILITY– residents are unable to access food sources due to a lack of public transportation and safe sidewalks

Their recommendations include:

  • Improve Availability
    • Ensure higher food quality and safety through frequent inspections
    • Monitor Healthy Corner Store initiatives to support retailers with
    stocking fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Provide incentives for retailers to supply fresh produce and other
    nutritious foods
  • Improve Affordability
    • Ensure smaller retailers accept SNAP / WIC
    • Implement a Double Dollar SNAP / WIC program at food retailers
    • Advocate for higher citywide income and affordable housing
  • Improve Awareness
    • Develop community hubs to disseminate information about healthy foods
    • Facilitate information sharing through community partnerships
    • Provide information about food and SNAP benefits and enrollment in a
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  • Improve Accessibility
    • Require a food impact analysis for all new transportation projects
    • Improve and maintain transportation infrastructure, including bus stops,
    sidewalks, street lighting
    • Expand senior transportation programs

Food for All summary of results

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About nlct

The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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