By our friends at Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
We love celebrating successes in the field by our partners. Congratulations to all involved in Louisiana, and well done!
Earlier this week, Market Umbrella and Together Louisiana celebrated their second major victory for healthy food access in two years when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 1, the state's budget bill, into law. For the second year in a row, the Governor and legislators included $1 million in the budget to fund the Healthy Food Retail Act, bringing the total allocated to date for the state's fresh food financing initiative to $2 million. The funding is state-allocated Community Development Block Grant funds.
"This is more than just good news; it's a culture shift," said Edgar Cage with Together Louisiana. "As a state, we're finally beginning to realize that these kinds of investments pay off many times over by addressing the root causes of some of our most expensive problems: obesity, diabetes and underdeveloped communities."
Funding under the Healthy Food Retail Act goes to attract grocery stores, farmers' markets and other retail providers of fresh, healthy food to low food-access areas throughout the state. With initial funding now in place, the contract to begin implementing the program is in development and the program is expected to launch later this year.
Join us in congratulating Marketing Umbrella and Together Louisiana for helping the state take steps to increase access to healthy food!