Food Access Resolution 20160303-020, Austin, Texas

Jurisdiction Name: Austin
State/Province: TX
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 950,715
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: resolution
Year: 2016
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: SNAP, city, community garden, education, equitable, food access, food affordability, grocery stores, healthy food access, urban agriculture, urban farming, urban garden
Adopting Government Department(s):

Austin City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Office of the City Manager
Support Entity(s):

Sustainable Food Policy Board; Sustainable Food Center, Economic Development Department; Health and Human Services Department; Sustainability Office; City of Austin Equity Office

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

This resolution passed in order to increase access of healthy and affordable foods in the City of Austin. In order to do so, four primary objectives were included within the resolution: the establishment of a board consisting of city and food systems organizations to develop food access recommendations regarding grocery stores, educational components, expanding communities gardens, and so on; develop a status update on SNAP enrollment within the Austin area and provide recommendations on how to effectively enroll qualifying families; present the preliminary findings to a City of Austin Council Meeting; and incorporate food access issues as a dimension of the City of Austin Equity Office’s mission.

Additional Resources and Information: Link 1