251345 Policy strategies to sustain markets in low income communities

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM

Candace Young, MS , The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Allison Karpyn, PhD , The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Farmers' markets are an increasing priority for communities and health advocates. They contribute to the health of community members and the economic livelihood of small farms. Despite increasing recognition of the positive impact that farmers' markets have in revitalizing communities, relatively little is published on strategies that sustain markets in lower income communities. The presentation will describe how community level factors, federal food assistance programs and related public policies impact farmers' markets in underserved areas. Best practices for developing and maintaining markets will be discussed, as well as strategies to help sustain markets, such as expanded access to federal food assistance programs and use of bonus vouchers. Measuring the impact of federal food assistance programs on farmer income, farmers' markets and regional economies will be discussed, as well as policy implications for improving access in low income communities.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe best practices and policy strategies to help sustain farmers' markets in underserved communities.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in the field for 11 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.