The Food Access & Literacy Working Group works collaboratively to develop innovative initiatives to increase the number of healthy food access points in the Fairfax community in the areas of highest need.
The working group also facilitates collaborative initiatives to develop food literacy and nutrition education programming that is available and delivered through a variety of avenues.
- Increase access to fresh produce at farmers markets in low income communities by increasing the use of nutrition benefits at farmers markets through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, outreach and incentive program promotion.
- Expand SNAP/Women, Infants and Children (WIC) acceptance at retail stores, particularly international markets in communities of need.
- Encourage emergency food assistance sites to provide healthful eating and meal preparation educational resources to help youth and parents of young children make nutritious choices.
- Develop culturally sensitive and age appropriate nutrition education programs with local schools and community partners in targeted areas.