Most conversations about food and low-income neighborhoods center on the lack of healthy food access. Yet these same neighborhoods often face a host of additional interrelated challenges. As efforts to bring healthy food retail to low-income communities grow, we need to also focus on maximizing the additional social and economic impact of the food system.

Most conversations about food and low-income neighborhoods center on the lack of healthy food access. Yet these same neighborhoods often face a host of additional interrelated challenges - including inadequate jobs and workforce development opportunities. As efforts to bring healthy food retail to low-income communities grow, we need to also focus on maximizing the additional social and economic impact of the food system.

On April 3rd, Living Cities will host a webinar exploring how retail grocery can provide healthy food access to low-income communities while maximizing additional social and economic impact. This webinar will feature UpLift Solutions, a nonprofit that works with supermarket operators, foundations, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and government agencies to address the issues of “food deserts” in ways that are beneficial for both the neighborhoods and other stakeholders involved. This webinar will explore the far-reaching effects of food deserts and identify specific opportunities to expand healthy food access in low-income communities. It will also provide insight into maximizing the impact of urban grocery stores by simultaneously addressing other essential community needs through innovative entrepreneurial solutions.

For more background on UpLift Solutions, read our recent interview with founder Jeff Brown, which highlights the potential for supermarkets in food deserts to go beyond food access and become local centers of economic opportunity.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 3rd from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST . Interested funders, food access advocates, and community development stakeholders are invited to join. Please register** here to participate.**

We will be tweeting about the event under the hashtag #UrbanFood and invite everyone to share their thoughts and questions.