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TBR Food Access #1: What's a food desert? Where are they in Baton Rouge?

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Defines terms and identifies demographics in 5 low food access areas in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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TBR Food Access #1: What's a food desert? Where are they in Baton Rouge?

  1. 1. EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH FOOD ACCESS POLICY COMMISSION Launch & Orientation Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church February 14, 2013
  2. 2. Commission Mandate #1) Problem Analysis Examine the causes behind food deserts in East Baton Rouge Parish. #2) Best Practice Analysis Determine best practices around the nation for attracting retail and other high-quality food providers to food desert communities. #3) Recommend Solutions Develop concrete policy and practice recommendations for East Baton Rouge Parish to address food deserts and other areas with low food access.
  3. 3. Commission Members Rev. Jesse Bilberry, Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church; Moderator, 4th District Baptist Association Mr. Chip Boyles, EBR Redevelopment Authority, Vice President of Administration & Programs Dr. Stephanie Broyles, Pennington Biomedical, Assistant Professor Dr. Adell Brown, Jr., Southern University AgCenter, Vice Chancellor for Research Mr. Edgar Cage, Together Baton Rouge, Food Access Team Co-chair Mr. Clint Caldwell, Associated Grocers, Director of Business Development Mr. David Gray, Louisiana Budget Project, Policy Analyst Mr. Ty Harvison, Latter & Blum, Commercial Real Estate Mr. Ed Johnson, Wal-mart Dr. Kenneth Koonce, LSU Dean, College of Agriculture, LSU Agricultural Center Mr. Mike Manning, Greater BR Food Bank, President & CEO Mr. Jared Smith, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Director of Business Development
  4. 4. General definition an area with inadequate access to fresh, affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. What is a “food desert”?
  5. 5. What is a “food desert”? USDA definitio n A low income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. “Low-income” Census tract with at least 20% of residents below poverty OR median family income below 80% of area’s median family income. “Low-access” At least 500 people or 33% of the population resides one mile or more from a supermarket or large grocery store (10 miles for rural census tracts).
  6. 6. USDA Data for EBR Parish (2010) About 75,500 EBR residents live in food deserts. 16,700 are children. 39% in poverty. USDA food desert census tracts
  7. 7. Pennington Data for EBR Parish (2012) Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington Biomedical As many as 103,000 EBR residents live in food deserts. 25,000 are children. Areas within 1 mile of grocery store Low- income census tracts
  8. 8. A closer look … Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington Biomedical
  9. 9. USDA Food deserts in EBR Parish Scotlandville stats South BR stats Dixie stats North Forest / Red Oak stats Glen Oaks stats (with note) Scotlandville Food Desert Glen Oaks Food Desert North Forest / Red Oak Food Desert South Baton Rouge Food Desert Dixie Food Desert MAYBE REMOVE THIS SLIDE & PUT NAMES/ARROWS on DETAILED ONE?
  10. 10. Scotlandville Food Desert Approximatel y - 25,900 persons - 6,500 children - 34% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  11. 11. Downtown/Old South Baton Rouge Approximately - 15,700 persons - 3,300 children - 39% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  12. 12. South Baton Rouge Food Desert Approximately - 20,000 persons - 3,300 children - 41% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  13. 13. Not sure what to call this one Approximately - 11,900 persons - 3,400 children - 38% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  14. 14. Glen Oaks? Approximately - 14,400 persons - 4,000 children - 22% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  15. 15. North Forest/Red Oaks Food Desert Approximately - 9,000 persons - 3,300 children - 38% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  16. 16. Coursey? Approximately - 6,300 persons - 1,500 children - 24% living in poverty Katy Drazba, MPH & Stephanie Broyles, PhD; Pennington
  17. 17. Work Plan: Schedule Timeline Chart
  18. 18. Timeline: February & March 2013 Analysis of areas of low food access in East Baton Rouge Parish. What are the causes behind food deserts in East Baton Rouge Parish? What are the consequences for having food deserts? Other than food deserts, what other low-access problems are there? Why did previous food retail outlets (e.g. Food Town, Winn Dixie, Schwegmann's) close down? What are the barriers to development and expansion of high-quality food options? Phase 1: Problem Analysis KEY QUESTIONS
  19. 19. Timeline: April & May 2013 Break different strategies into categories, such as: A) Attracting retail. B) Addressing demand in areas. C) Non-traditional options (food co-ops, farmer's markets, urban agriculture, etc.) Phase 2: Best practices analysis Goal: Identify, categorize and understand in detail model approaches across the country.
  20. 20. Timeline: June – August 2013 Feasibility and cost assessments for various strategies. Public engagement around possible recommendations. Develop final report of recommendations. Phase 3: Solutions for EBR Parish
  21. 21. Timeline: Starting at launch and throughout Conduct market analysis of all low food access areas. Conduct “gap analysis” to determine area leakage. Identify the areas with most market demand potential. Identify prospects for land or land acquisition. Work toward possible deals. Special Team: Market opportunity analysis
  22. 22. Forming Committees
  23. 23. Meeting Schedule

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