By October 2018, increase the number of mobile farmers markets targeting food deserts in Little Rock urban area from one to two.
By January 2018, promote the use of Double Up Food Bucks and Cooking Matters classes by people who use the mobile market by distributing promotional materials to 1,000 people.
By October 2018, increase the reach of the current Farm to School network by increasing the number of people reached by 50 percent through www.arkansasfarmtoschool.org and social media.
By October 2018, increase participation in Cooking Matters classes from 900 participants to 1,200 participants.
Work to eliminate food deserts.
- Work with Arkansas Economic Development Commission to address and incentivize access to healthy foods (gas stations, convenience stores, discount outlets, groceries).
- Promote nutrition education in retail food outlets.
- Educate policy and decision makers about access issues.
- Identify local resources that can be utilized for food distribution (buildings, people and money.)
- Develop local partnerships to ensure food outlets are making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Expand local garden projects, small farms, farmers’ markets and gleaning programs.
- Expand participation in UAEX and AAD MarketMaker/Arkansas Grown programs.
- Increase number of farmers and stakeholders participating in gleaning programs.
- Establish a farm-to-school program with a full-time program coordinator.
- Expand number of school and community gardens.
- Establish a mechanism for developing local farmers' markets and mobile markets.
- Collaborate to educate and assist the start-up of small farm operations.
- Create mechanisms to facilitate the growth of urban farming.
Increase participation in nutrition assistance programs.
- Increase participation in all USDA food programs.
- Increase number of farmers' markets accepting EBT, WIC, etc.
- Increase participation in farmers' markets by removing barriers and improving access.
Utilize evidence-based nutrition education programs.
- Increase awareness of need for nutrition education among key stakeholders (faith-based organizations, school and community leaders, parents, food outlets, businesses, etc.)
- Increase participation in community-based resources/programs such as Cooking Matters, Cooking Matters at the Store, SNAP-Ed, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
- Increase training opportunities in nutrition education for care givers (older adults, chronic diseases, etc.)
- Mandate statewide comprehensive pre-K through 12 nutrition education.
- Integrate nutrition education into core content areas.
- Ensure inclusion of nutrition courses as degree requirements for education majors.
- Strengthen requirement for licensure in early child care settings to include nutrition standards and nutrition education.
- Educate after-school program providers in nutrition and nutrition education.
- Require federal and state funded after-school programs to meet nutrition standards.
Educate health care professionals and cross-functional hospital teams in nutrition education and about access to healthy foods.
- Ensure integration of nutrition assessment, lifestyle modification and the role of nutrition and physical activity in disease management and prevention in medical school and allied health curricula and continuing education opportunities.
- Assist with best practices in establishing hospital-based food panties.
- Develop programs to link access to food and nutrition education to health care teams
Expand current public policies to assure inclusion of healthy foods, such as by increasing state food-purchasing programs to include fresh fruits and vegetables for distribution to low-income Arkansans.