40 million Americans still live without easy access to fresh and healthy food options.

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative aims to improve access to healthy food and expand economic opportunity in underserved areas.

How we improve access:

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative provides resources to healthy food retail and to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to serving areas with inequitable access. The program currently provides:

Grants TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The program ultimately aims to provide additional capacity building and financing resources to build a more equitable food system that supports the health and economic vibrancy of all Americans.

Latest News

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Announces $3 Million Available in Funding

Reinvestment Fund is inviting applications for grant funding through the 2020 round of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program. Funding for the HFFI Targeted Small Grants Program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill. Reinvestment Fund serves as the national fund manager for the HFFI program at USDA. The 2020 HFFI round significantly increases the available funding compared to the previous round, offering $3 million in grant funds for food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities.

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Austin Fresh Produce Provider Lands $185K Grant

A program designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to Austin through weekend popup shops recently received a federal grant that could help it become a more permanent presence in the community. The Austin Grocery Initiative, which is a collaboration between Forty Acres Fresh Market and the Westside Health Authority, received $185,000 in financial assistance from Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a new grants program through the United States Department of Agriculture. The Austin Grocery Initiative was one of 23 grantees awarded financial and technical assistance grants.

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Reinvestment Fund’s HFFI Supports Food Access Across the Nation

Forty million Americans still live without easy access to fresh and healthy food options. But not if the Healthy Food Financing Initiative(HFFI), which provides financial assistance and technical assistance to food access projects, has anything to say about it. Set into motion by the Agricultural Act of 2014, the HFFI is a public-private partnership headed by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

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Partners

We work with a variety of partners to make a difference in communities most in need of access to healthy food. Join us.