Healthy Retail Access Program
2017 Healthy Retail Access Program
Are you looking to make a positive change and improve your business? Do you want to increase fresh and healthy food in your store? Are you passionate about healthy food access issues? If so, the City of Madison's Healthy Food Retail Access Program may be for you!
- Increase the availability of healthy food
- Improve access to existing grocery retailers
- Provide new affordable grocery distribution options
Assist in marketing healthy food
Plan for new healthy retail
The city is seeking applications for the available funds in 2017.
Examples of Eligible Projects
Still wondering how the program works? Here are some examples of eligible projects!
- SNAP EXAMPLE: A retailer can use funding to purchase equipment to accept SNAP and to make purchases to increase the depth of stock to adhere to SNAP requirements.
- SHUTTLE EXAMPLE: Funds could be used by a full-service supermarket or an organization partnering with a supermarket to provide low or no-cost transportation (shuttle) between established food retailers and priority neighborhoods.
- EQUIPMENT EXAMPLE: Funds could be used for physical and equipment improvements for existing food retailers that enhance the ability of small-and medium-sized retailers to gain customers and / or offer high quality produce and other healthy foods.
- NONTRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION EXAMPLE: Funds could be used to cover equipment or initial operations costs for bulk buying clubs, mobile grocers, or other nontraditional grocery vendors serving priority neighborhoods.
Who can apply to the program?
Are you wondering if you're eligible to apply? If you meet the criteria below the 2017 Healthy Retail Access Program is for you!
- Food retailers (e.g. grocery stores, large convenience stores, cooperatives, etc.).
- Retail operation must be located within or directly serve residents within the areas identified in the “Food Access Improvement Map—Areas of Focus”
- Organizations directly partnering with food retailers to coordinate a food access related project or technical assistance to eligible retailers (e.g. chambers of commerce, retailer groups, 501(c)(3), other non-profits, etc.).
If you would like to apply, please submit your application to the Mayor's Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by mail or hand-delivered (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403), c/o George Reistad, Food Policy Director. The City will accept and consider applications on a rolling basis, based on the availability of funds. Please read the overview to applicants below for more information.
- 2017 Healthy Retail Access Program Letter to Applicants
- 2017 Healthy Retail Access Program Application
- City of Madison Food Access Improvement Map
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