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?
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, urban agriculture, food hubs, community/school gardens, and farmer's markets.
In partnership with Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Barron Collier Companies, PHX Renews is transforming a 15-acre vacant lot into a sustainable public place, including the creation of community garden plots.