Understanding the Role of Community Development Finance in Improving Access to Healthy Food

It was CDFI_Reporta pleasure to work with ChangeLab Solutions and The Food Trust on this new report Understanding the Role of Community Development Finance in Improving Public Health. When the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative launched in 2004, I worked closely with colleagues The Reinvestment Fund to design a financing program that brought financial and social returns to underserved communities. We worked hard to develop a common set of values and operating principles. Since that time, The Food Trust and TRF have blazed new ground for collaboration between public health advocates and financial institutions. Both organizations are now leaders in this work nationally. It’s my hope that this fact sheet will make it easier for community-based organizations and public health department staff to build relationships with CDFIs in their community. Best way to get started? Pick up the phone and ask a CDFI staff person to coffee!

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