The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I don’t like an empty freezer.  I don’t like an empty freezer because I’ve been where my freezer was completely empty.  It’s like my pockets are already empty.  Why does my fridge have to be empty too?  So I’ve just cut out certain things, like no company for dinner.  And I nibble.  Me and my daughter, we’ll eat that for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. That rice will last us for a week and it won’t be the same rice.  It’ll be white rice today.  I’ll put some stuff on it and it’ll be yellow rice.  I’ll put some canned peas in it to stretch it out. 

Access to Fresh, Healthy Food

For millions of Americans living in depressed urban and rural areas, access to supermarkets – along with the fresh food that they sell – is extremely limited.  In many cases, families must choose between traveling several miles to do their food shopping or settling for the poor selection and quality of the food at local corner stores. 

Pennsylvania has been a national leader in overcoming the challenges of food access, with initiatives like the Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) and Get Healthy Philly leading the way.

Current Issue

President Obama has proposed expanding FFFI to the rest of the nation in the 2011 federal budget with $345 million for a Healthy Food Financing Initiative.


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