Other Resources

National Reports & Data

The Economies of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices
A USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) report and toolkit intended to help guide communities to enhance local food marketing activities as part of their overall local and regional economic development strategies.

USDA Food Access Research Atlas
This source provides a map of food access for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility. It also offers census-tract-level data on food access that can be downloaded for community planning or research purposes.

Healthy Food Access Portal
This is an interactive map that allows users to search by city, state or zip code and view data related to demographics, food environment, health, and federal programs and investments.

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research
A 2013 report by Policy Link and The Food Trust that provides an overview on research surrounding food access.

The Healthy Food Financing Handbook: From Advocacy To Implementation
A handbook that provides guidance on developing state and local policies that encourage the development of supermarkets in underserved communities.

USDA Farm to School Census
A national overview of Farm to School programs from over 40,000 schools.

Virginia Reports & Data

Food Access Market Analysis for Virginia
A report by The Reinvestment Fund that examines the inequity around food access in Virginia.

Virginia Community Capital’s Food Access Mapping Tool for Virginia
A map of food access in Virginia that shows food insecurity, SNAP recipients, demographic, New Market Tax Credit Eligible, and Community Development Block Grant eligible data.

Other Resources
The Roots of Your Profits
Dr Elaine Ingham, Soil Microbiologist, Founder of Soil Foodweb Inc.