The purpose of the Healthy Food Retail Working Group is to encourage increased access to healthy retail food options including promoting and implementing existing programs in underserved communities in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Additionally, this working group will support enaction of formal policies to increase affordability and availability of healthy, fresh food through retail outlets.
Healthy food Retail
Volunteers build backyard garden beds with a northside family in partnership with Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA).
& Urban Agriculture
The purpose of the Children’s Health working group is to improve access to healthy foods for children at home, restaurants, schools, and in the community.
Current work includes creation of a children’s menu program to guarantee healthy options when visiting restaurants in Tarrant County, promoting children’s feeding programs like the summer food service programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food year round, and helping to improve standards for vended meals provided to children after school.
The CGUA working group offers curricula, personalized advice, and other support for community, school, and backyard gardens as well as urban agriculture initiatives.
Past projects have included lesson plans on backyard and container gardening, helping develop Fort Worth’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance, and publishing a monthly gardening newsletter.
The Food Recovery working group educates, connects, and empowers communities to become food recovery champions.
Through community programs, policies, and projects food recovery is advanced and progress is made toward the creation of a countywide, grassroots effort to end food waste.