Connect with Food Access efforts-in-progress, and the partners who are helping to make them happen:
Policy & Systems Change
Beginning and Small Farms Program:
A program that connects small and new farmers with the UofA and other resources to support and inform farming efforts.
Curbside and Worksite Composting:
The City of Tempe and local start up Recycled City are each helping turn food waste back into food through their own composting efforts.
A group made up of a cross section of members committed to improving the food system and creating solutions to food issues. Some state examples include The Yavapai Food Council, The Pima County Food Alliance, The Ajo Regional Food Alliance, and Flagstaff Foodlink.
Food Hub Co-operatives:
An organization that helps distribute and market locally produced foods in a way that supports small farmers and the local food system.
Maricopa County Food System Assessment:
The Maricopa County Food System Coalition is conducting a system wide survey of Maricopa county and parts of Pinal county that will uncover the current landscape of food in the Valley. Contact the FACT Work Group here to learn more and get involved.
Increasing Food Access
Double Up Food Bucks:
Double Up Food Bucks provides SNAP recipients with additional money to spend on locally grown fruits and veggies when they use their EBT cards at participating farmer markets.
Fresh Express and Gregory’s Fresh Market:
Vans and buses are being converted into mobile produce markets in an effort to address food insecurity by taking healthy food directly to communities in need.
(Fresh Express /
Gregory’s Fresh Market)
Good Food Finder:
“Eat local. Drink local. Grow local” Good Food Finder is a statewide, online directory, where users can find good food from Arizona’s own, local food providers.
Programs that divert food from landfills by collecting and redistributing perishable, excess food from restaurants, caterers, grocers and other food providers.
U of A Community and School Garden Program:
Matches university student interns with Tucson community organizations and schools to support the installation, development and maintenance of a garden program.
U of A Campus Pantry:
The goal of the UA Campus Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in our Wildcat Community. At our distribution events, students and staff can grab important food staples at no cost.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation:
This year, 30 schools in Arizona’s Mesa Unified School District made America’s #HealthiestSchools list. They’re inspiring the next generation of healthy kids by providing healthy meals and active learning environments.
Get a bird’s eye view of efforts from around the country that can be an inspiration and reference point for Arizona-based work:
Colorado Farm to School Project:
A Colorado school district that sources food from local producers to provide scratch-cooked and nutritious meals to its students.
Expansion of Breakfast in the Classroom:
A federally recognized program that gives students who otherwise might not receive a morning meal the opportunity to have a healthy breakfast without the stigma of eating breakfast at school.
Food Systems Assessments:
An evaluation of an entire food system by researching production inputs, distribution, processing, consumption, and waste disposal.
Fresh Future Farm:
Located in a food desert in Charleston, South Carolina, the Fresh Future Farm and Retail Farm Store offer fresh, local produce and other basic amenities to residents in the community.
Healthy Corner Stores:
An approach to improve food access by influencing local corner stores to provide healthier food options to their customers.
Healthy Food Financing Capital:
Financing programs created to bring grocery stores, markets and innovative forms of healthy food retail and distribution to communities that do not have them.
Plan4Health – Coalitions Striving to Increase Access to Health and Nutrition in Oregon:
Reduced Water Rates for Urban Agriculture:
Ordinances that create lower water costs for growers in urban settings.
Urban Agricultural Zoning Overlays:
Zoning ordinances that allow the growing of healthy fruits and vegetables in areas otherwise designated for residential or commercial zoning.