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The Future of America’s Cities: Making Fresh Food Available to All

David R. Williams, Ph.D., Staff Director

July 20, 2009

Last week at a discussion about the future of America’s urban and metropolitan areas, President Obama outlined the Administration’s new approach to urban policy that “takes a hard look at how Washington helps or hinders our cities and metro areas,” and encourages innovative solutions to urban challenges.

We’re excited to say that The Food Trust, which the Commission highlighted at its field hearing in Philadelphia and included in its final recommendations (pg.36) as a model for providing nutritious foods to underserved urban areas, will be featured as a panelist in the Administration’s “National Conversation on the Future of Urban and Metropolitan America.”

The event will bring together innovators who have worked to improve access to fresh foods, shaping the Administration’s new urban policy and encouraging this type of innovation at the national scale.  Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims are all expected to be in attendance at the event next Thursday, July 23, in Philadelphia.

We look forward to hearing more about this important event.  You can check back here and follow us on Twitter (@RWJFCommission) for updates.

For more information about The Food Trust and the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, visit thefoodtrust.org.  See also, The New York Times: With a Little Help, Greens Come to Low-Income Neighborhoods.

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