HEAL Food System Partners
HEAL Food System Partners, started with Ending Hunger Together grant funding, is an initiative that brings together existing food system programs to increase food access, advance community education, and create agricultural and community development opportunities.
To develop a community-based model of integration leveraging the strengths of numerous existing food system programs whose primary mission is to improve the emergency food system by increasing healthy food access, advancing community education and creating agricultural and community development opportunities using existing services and programs.
1. Mobilize the existing community-based food system partners (emergency food system, food access, community education, urban agriculture, and economic development) interested in substantively collaborating to create a sound practice model and effective evidenced-based processes.
2. Develop infrastructure and processes that move numerous food system partners towards integration through coordinated communications and programming, blended roles, shared resources and goals.
3. Test and measure the effectiveness and efficiency of coordination and collaboration among partners when implementing food system programming.
1. Create Community Collaborative Integration Processes in order to mobilize stakeholders and design actions that are intended to improve alignment in projects.
2. Create (2) prototype/pilot collaborative projects that will be planned, executed and analyzed for impact areas in food access, education and economic development.
3. Report findings on CCIM processes, prototype/pilot project measurables as well as the connections between CCIM processes and the project results.
The Ending Hunger Together HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) partnership will mobilize stakeholders, pioneer concepts based on data and identified gaps in service, and then scale these concepts by developing plans for (2) prototype/ pilot projects. Team will execute these (2) projects with the mission of improving healthy food access, community education, and economic development. Further, the team will analyze the CCIM processes and identify areas of challenge and improvements in mobilizing multiple stakeholders in impacting root causes of food insecurity.
Amy Fox, Tazewell County Health Department
Report for Peoria Food Bank Policy Input Survey - Direct Service Staff and Volunteers