Experts committee of the Food law and policy launched national Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) to identify and elevate local laws and policies promoting access to nourishing food and promote powerful local economies, better health equity and environmental quality. the project focuses on societally marginalized and disadvantaged groups with describing more about itself on its website.
The National Agricultural Library, United States Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Research Service raised funds to this project that represents a 4-year partnership of the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), Vermont Law School and The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity of the University of Connecticut.
HFPP website has provided resources for local policymakers, advocates and local public health organizations in their mission to espouse the healthy food approach in communities. The site also holds a searchable and organized database of healthy food policies that are analyzed by the partners of HFPP, local laws and policies’ crosswalk curated as according to types laws and food system category and finally the case studies to showcase nutritious food policy initiatives across the country.
Laurie Ristino, Director and Associate Law Professor at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) said in a statement that, “We are thankful to the USDA National Agricultural Library for supporting the Healthy Food Policy Project, enabling us to shine a light on laws and policies that support access to healthy food in communities across the United States. This project also highlights the benefits of working nationally with a transdisciplinary team of topnotch collaborators.”