Food Security means that individuals have access to affordable, safe, and nutritious foods that meet their caloric needs at all times.
Food Security & Latino Health
Access to high-quality, affordable, and nutritious food is imperative because it reduces rates of chronic disease, improves educational outcomes among children, and improves overall well-being in our communities.
Welcome to the nation’s first comprehensive healthy food access retail portal. Find resources designed to improve healthy food access in communities, build local economies, and enhance public health. Tap into a learning network that’s using retail strategies to connect consumers to healthy food.
Healthy food access is a focus area at the PolicyLink Center for Health and Place. Launched in 2007, the Center incorporates research and actions into policy initiatives to ensure that everyone—especially low-income people and people of color—can live, work, and play in healthy neighborhoods.
California agriculture is incredibly productive and diverse. While food from the state’s many ranchers and farmers is generally easily accessible, too many Californians do lack sufficient access to healthy foods. To remedy this situation, in 2011 Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed AB 581, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, which created the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CHFFI) to improve access to affordable, good-quality, healthy food in communities that lack such access.
Millions of Latino¹ families and children live in households without reliable access to healthy foods.² This means that, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), these households are “food insecure”—they do not have “consistent access to enough food for active healthy lives for all household members at all times during the year.” When budgets are stressed, many families have difficulty accessing enough resources to put sufficient food on the table, and in an era of economic crisis, this problem is magnified.