FOOD & AGRICULTURE
Regional Healthy Food Access Mapping
In February 2020, UCPCOG kicked off the Healthy FAM project with partners from across the five-county region. The primary goal: Empower the region to create new wealth and improved health through understanding and growing the local food system, and improve access for those who are underserved.
Healthy FAM creates deep transparency into the Upper Coastal Plain region's local, healthy food system. Over 40 stakeholder organizations engaged with 6 lead entities to gather unprecedented input from 400+ people. Input was combined with data to analyze and assess the region's local healthy food system and make over 65 recommendations in the areas of Access, Community Development & Planning, Community Gardens & Land-use & Urban Agriculture, Farms, Finance, Institutional Purchasing, and more.
The project's web link below offers a Project Summary slide deck, a “deep dive” story board, the detailed Healthy FAM Assessment Report, an integrated GIS Food System Map, and more. Work shows known assets in the region from fresh food growers, distributors, processors, outlets, business consumers and more. Key health and economic information is also included.
Information is intended to be leveraged by anyone wanting to further study, improve, and/or develop the local, healthy food system in an equitable and sustainable way.
Click here to view the project’s results.
The Healthy FAM Project was funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
Visit our Resources Page for more information and for local food contacts.