Food Access


The Healthy Food Access workgroup decreases the barriers to food access, including physical barriers (proximity of food), economic barriers (affordability of food), and educational barriers (knowledge of how to prepare food).


  • Developing recommendations for how the City of Oakland can increase eligible residents’ knowledge of and access to nutrition safety-net programs such as CalFresh (SNAP).
  • Identifying ways the city can better promote the use of SNAP benefits for healthy food purchases (such as through incentive programs at farmers’ markets).
  • Carrying out research to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative food access models such as healthy corner store conversions, pop-up market strategies, produce retrofits in liquor stores, and produce prescriptions, and developing policy recommendations for Oakland.
  • Tracking and advocating for state-level legislation that will better serve the food security needs of Oakland residents.