Increase community access to fresh and healthy food by creating a vibrant food system. Many residents live in "food deserts" where resident are more than one mile from fresh and healthy food. In Phoenix there are 43 food deserts which are more than 75% of the total number of food deserts in Maricopa County. By increasing neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food will improve community health and reduce diet-related disease.
By 2050, we want to establish a sustainable, healthy, equitable, local food system by eliminating food deserts, increasing urban agriculture, establishing farmers markets in each of the city's urban villages, and significantly reducing the rates of hunger, obesity, and diet-related disease.
What are we doing now?
The 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan
The Office of Environmental Programs will present The 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan to Phoenix City Council for approval March 4, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Extensive community and stakeholder engagement was initiated in 2018 and continues. OEP continues to collaborate with the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIP-MC), the Valley of the Sun United Way, and the Maricopa County Food System Coalition (MarCo) on development of the food action plan.
Upcoming Community Engagement
Join us March 18, 2020 in a Community Food Conversation featuring author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman!
Dinner will be provided and we will hold a raffle to give out several copies of her book "Farming While Black."
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South Phoenix Local Foods, Local Places Project
In 2018, the City of Phoenix received a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Local Foods, Local Places program. In partnership with the community and institutional partners, a
South Phoenix Food Action Plan was developed.
Transforming Community Health through Sustainable Development
Phoenix's Office of Environmental Programs was awarded a $400,000 community-wide brownfields assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for
the Phoenix Brownfields to Healthfields Project. The overall goal of the project is to remove hazardous substances and pollutants from identified brownfield properties and to redevelop these properties for uses that improve public health. Proposed reuses include, healthcare facilities, clinics (permanent and mobile), healthy food outlets; supermarkets, temporary food retailers, mobile markets, food hubs, farmer's markets, urban agriculture (including aquaponics, hydroponics, controlled environment, community and school gardens).