Tulane University initiative will improve healthy food access

May 2, 2007

Arthur Nead
Phone: 862-8789

Who: The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University

What: The New Orleans City Council will consider a resolution supported by Tulane's Prevention Research Center to establish a food policy advisory committee for the city.

When: Thursday, May 3 Where: New Orleans City Council Chamber

More: The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University has been working with several community partners to develop a food policy advisory committee to look at the issue of food access in New Orleans and come up with ways to address it.

Even before Katrina, some neighborhoods in New Orleans had limited access to fresh, healthy food. Supermarkets selling produce, fruit and other fresh foods in these areas were scarce or distant, and small corner stores and fast food outlets offering unhealthy choices predominated.

The storm destroyed many supermarkets and stores, and many have not returned, creating even greater problems. The proposed committee will be a task force comprised of banking industry representatives, members of granting foundations, and representatives from the retail food industry.

The committee will make recommendations on improving access to food in underserved areas throughout the city and develop funding strategies to drive these changes.

Also supporting the resolution are: Steps to a Healthier New Orleans/Louisiana Public Health Institute, the New Orleans City Health Department, The Renaissance Project, Second Harvest Food bank, and the New Orleans Food & Farm Network.

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