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Search our curated database of innovative local healthy food policies.

Use our crosswalk of local laws and policies organized by food system category and type of law.

Read case studies highlighting community engagement in the policymaking process.


The Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) identifies and elevates local level policy resources that increase access to healthy food. 

Food is accessible when it is affordable and community members can readily grow or raise it, find it, obtain it, transport it, prepare it, and eat it.  

The accessibility of healthy food is shaped by activities occurring across a community’s food system, influenced in turn by local government laws and systems. There are many legal and policy options available to communities seeking to make food more accessible. To help local level policy makers, community leaders, advocates, researchers and others navigate them, the Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) develops resources and a policy database to increase access to healthy food. 

HFPP identifies and elevates local laws that seek to promote access to healthy food while also contributing to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.  

This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Public Health Law Center

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut

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