Improving Healthy Food Access through Policy and Environmental Change Program
The Improving Healthy Food Access through Policy and Environmental Change Program will be implemented in 6 counties in North Carolina, including Orange, Warren, Duplin, Sampson, Rockingham and Lenoir counties with the goal of increasing accessibility and availability of healthy food options among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.
This program involves providing technical assistance to two corner stores in Lenoir County in procuring and promoting healthy food items, promoting farmers’ markets that accept SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) and providing technical assistance to obtain a SNAP-EBT machine for farmers’ markets that are currently without this equipment. This program will also coordinate farmers’ markets tours and healthy eating workshops, as well as build and maintain community gardens while hosting workshops in gardening and nutrition. Lastly, staff will be engaged in two local food policy councils in order to provide input on policies effecting food access issues.