Healthy Food

Our goal within this priority area is that everyone in North Carolina has access to healthy food.

Overall Perspective

Too many people in our state don’t have access to the food they need. To ensure everyone has access to healthy food, we need to change the policies, practices, and norms that have contributed to persistent inequities in food security by race, age, income, and geography. This includes a focus on building strong local food systems, increasing access to no cost and healthy school food, and maximizing the use of government programs.

Strategic Approach and Current Focus

We are working in support of a shared vision and a path toward a more equitable and resilient North Carolina food system that feeds more people and advances racial and economic equity. To this end, we are focused on  supporting agenda development and alignment, growing and increasing the racial diversity of the network of organizations focused on food access advocacy, and strengthening the overall connections in that network.

Specifically, our objectives are to:

  • Support a network of organizations to identify and achieve policy and systems change at local and state levels that will result in increased equitable access to healthy food.
  • Support the development and spread of models to increase access to healthy food and transform the local food system in under-resourced communities, prioritizing Black, American Indian, Latino, and other people of color-led efforts.
  • Increase access to no cost and healthy school meals.

As such, we are currently supporting efforts to: 

  • Mobilize a broad network of stakeholders to improve healthy food access through the development of a shared policy agenda and advocacy led by North Carolina Alliance for Health
  • Grow and diversify the network of organizations focused on food access
    and advocacy.
  • Expand and strengthen local food councils throughout the state to lead policy and system change for a more equitable food system at all levels in partnership with Community Food Strategies
  • Bolster the infrastructure of the local food supply chain by building the capacity of, and collaboration between, food hubs
  • Broaden racial equity training and coaching for institutions in the food system
  • Identify viable Food is Medicine partnerships between health care and
    community-based organizations
  • Ensure that school nutrition programs have the resources they need to offer nutritious and delicious food at no cost

More on this Issue

Contact Us

Merry Davis
Director, Healthy Food



Food Policy Roadmap to Nourish All of North Carolina

Blog Post: We Have An Opportunity With Nutrition Assistance Programs

Overcoming the barriers to SNAP and WIC provides the opportunity for many in North Carolina to get the food they need.