Reports: Access to healthy food

Hunger in North Dakota 2018: A Report on the Charitable Food Network
Great Plains Food Bank, September 2018, 123 pp.
This is a comprehensive study of trends in food insecurity, and the household demographics, coping strategies, health status, and use of nutrition programs by individuals who have sought emergency food assistance in North Dakota.   more info >

Data Snapshot: SNAP Declines Continue in 2016, but Not for Rural Places
Carsey Institute, November 2017, 1 pp.
This issue brief examines rates of SNAP receipt in 2016, paying particular attention to changes among urban and rural households at risk for food insecurity.   more info >

Hunger in America 2016
Feeding America, August 2016, 49 pp.
Findings from a survey of food programs in Feeding America's food assistance network and clients that accessed those services in 2012-2013. The study found an increased number of individuals relying on charitable assistance to access nutrition foods for their families.   more info >

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary
The National Academies Press, July 2016, 155 pp.
Summarizes information gathered at a workshop on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults. Discusses how access to healthy food is impacted by geographic, financial, and transportation barriers.   more info >

Healthy Food Access: A View of the Landscape in Minnesota and Lessons Learned From Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Wilder Research, April 2016, 54 pp.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment.   more info >

Healthy Food in Hunger Relief
Wilder Research, September 2015, 69 pp.
Study commissioned by The Open Door to gauge the interest in and feasibility of implementing a healthy food approach in Dakota County's food shelves.   more info >

Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel to Get There? Initial Findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey
United States Department of Agriculture, March 2015, 21 pp.
This report compares shopping patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to low- and higher income nonparticipant households, participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to nonparticipants, and food-insecure to food-secure households.   more info >

Hunger in America 2014: North Dakota's Reality
Great Plains Food Bank, February 2014, 4 pp.
Executive Summary of the Hunger in America 2014 report for North Dakota.   more info >

Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves: Strategies for Success and Recommended Resources
University of Minnesota, January 2014, 12 pp.
A guide for what food shelves can do to ensure that people have access to nutritious foods.   more info >

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail
PolicyLink, November 2013, 22 pp.
Examines the economic aspects of improving access to healthy food through food retailing, distribution, and production innovations.   more info >

Metropolitan Food Systems Plan
Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, October 2013, 50 pp.
Explores available research and data on food access and infrastructure in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area and presents strategic objectives and desired outcomes for the region.   more info >

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2013, 16 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state.   more info >

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2013 - North Dakota Action Guide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2013, 2 pp.
Provides potential actions that state leaders, public health professionals, coalitions, and community-based organizations can take to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.   more info >

Access to Healthy Food and Why it Matters: A Review of the Research
PolicyLink, February 2013, 35 pp.
Findings from a review of recent research on healthy food and food access designed to inform those people designing and implementing strategies to make healthy food available.   more info >

The Healthy Food Financing Handbook: From Advocacy to Implementation
The Food Trust, January 2013, 42 pp.
Describes a step-by-step approach to developing state and local policies that encourage the development of supermarkets and other healthy food stores in underserved communities.   more info >

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities (expanded version)
PolicyLink, July 2011, 84 pp.
Presents promising programs and policies that work to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities.  Includes case studies.   more info >

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why it Matters
PolicyLink, The Food Trust, February 2010, 44 pp.
Inequitable access to healthy food is a major contributor to health disparities. This report presents a large body of evidence that many low-income communities, communities of color, and sparsely populated rural areas do not have sufficient opportunities to buy healthy, affordable food.   more info >

Community Garden Guide: Vegetable Garden Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture, November 2009, 12 pp.
Step-by-step guide to planning, building, and maintaining a vegetable garden.   more info >

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food - Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress
United States Department of Agriculture, June 2009, 160 pp.
This report summarizes findings of a national-level assessment of the extent and characteristics of food deserts, analysis of the consequences of food deserts, lessons learned from Federal programs, and a discussion of policy options for alleviating the effects of food deserts.   more info >

Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Statewide Study, 2008: Executive Summary
Great Plains Food Bank, February 2008, 10 pp.
Presents the results of a study of North Dakota's statewide charitable feeding network, and provides an in-depth look at both the existing levels of service and the potential for increased capacity among current and potential providers.   more info >

Starved for Access: Life in Rural America's Food Deserts
Rural Sociological Society, February 2007, 10 pp.
Examines the distribution and characteristics of food deserts across the U.S., highlights a case study in Iowa, and discusses what communities and policymakers can do to expand food access.   more info >

Web sites

Food Insecurity in North Dakota
Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. This interactive map provides data on food insecurity at the county level to improve our understanding of food insecurity and food costs in local communities.   more info >

Lawns, Gardens & Trees - North Dakota State University
Resources on growing fruits and vegetables in the region.   more info >

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