2nd Edition

Local Food Environments Food Access in America

    274 Pages 26 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    274 Pages 26 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    274 Pages 26 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    "In this book, Morland, Lehmann, and Karpyn discuss the critical need for healthy food financing programs as a vehicle to improve food access for all Americans. In my career as a public servant, there are very few legislative achievements that I’m prouder of than the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which started in my home state of Pennsylvania. The program gained status as a proven and economically sustainable federal program that is helping to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods: by allowing millions access to healthy, affordable food."

    – Congressman Dwight Evans

    United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania, District 3

    "If we work together, we can create a healthy food system that is equitable and accessible to all. This book highlights the importance of healthy food projects like grocery stores, farmers markets, co-ops, and other healthy food retail in revitalizing local communities across the country. Without basic nourishment, kids and families simply won’t be successful – which is why this book is a must read."

    – Sam Kass

    President Obama’s Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor

    and Executive Director of Let’s Move!

    "Morland and colleagues’ new second edition provides an excellent foundation for courses in food policy and community nutrition. Their detailed review of the economics of local and national food financing will open students’ minds to the complexity inherent in measuring and interpreting outcomes."

    – Robert S. Lawrence, MD, MACP

    Founder and Former Director of the Center for a Livable Future

    Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health


    ● Describes how disparities in food access formed in the United States     

    ● Includes federal policies and programs aimed at addressing food access in underserved areas, including the Healthy Food Financing Initiative    

    ● Features examples of state initiatives that address poor access to food retailers    

    ● Provides methods for program evaluation utilizing principals of implementation and dissemination science    

    ● Includes critical thinking questions and embedded videos aimed to generate discussions on how restricted local food environments in the United States are rooted in economic disparities that impact food access as well as housing, education, and job opportunities     

    Disparities between Local Food Environments in the United States. Income Disparities. Race/Ethnic Disparities. Urban/Rural Disparities. Disparities between Countries. Local Food Environment Disparities and Dietary Intake. Who’s Susceptible to their Local Food Environment? Other Causal Factors. Measuring their Local Food Environment. Measurement of Diet. Current Evidence of a Causal Relationship. Interventions to Local Food Environments. How to get Started. Measuring an Effect of the LFE on Diet. Current and Past Interventions. Macro-level Influences of Local Food Environments. U.S. Federal and Local Policies. U.S. Food Production. Food Retailing.


    Kimberly B. Morland is an Associate Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She obtained her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Morland has developed new epidemiologic methods for geographically based data collection and analysis to investigate associations between neighborhood environments and residents’ behaviors that have been replicated by investigators in areas across the United States and other countries. They have also been used by community-based organizations to support local changes to commercial environments. Dr. Morland has served on a number of national and local review panels, worked with community-based organizations, and implemented one of the first interventions to address food access by developing a community-owned and community-operated food store in Brooklyn. Her research focuses on the impact of local environments on health.