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Healthy Corner Store Initiatives

April 13, 2017

There are a variety of policy tools being deployed to deal with so-called food deserts—neighborhoods that lack full-service grocery stores and have higher incidence of diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes. From offering financial incentives to encourage the construction of new grocery sto … Continued

Can Community Ownership Eliminate Food Deserts?

June 10, 2015

A previous post to this blog looked at development finance tools that can be used to address food deserts. This post introduces new findings about food deserts and looks at a cooperative grocer in Greensboro that aims to eliminate its neighborhood’s food desert and spur economic development. “Give a … Continued

Economic Impact of NC Summer Foods Program

April 16, 2012

Maureen Berner is a School of Government faculty member Did you know that across North Carolina, only about 12 percent of eligible kids receive free summer meals via an existing federally funded Summer Foods Program? What kind of economic impact might occur with higher participation rates in the pro … Continued