GOAL 7: ALL DALLAS’ COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCAL FOOD .
50%, 75%, 100% OF THE POPULATION HAS ACCESS TO HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE FOOD BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.*
INCREASE BY 20%, 50%, 75% THE ACREAGE OF URBAN GARDENS PRODUCING FOOD BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.**
INCREASE BY 10%, 25%, 50% OR MORE RESTAURANTS, FARM STANDS, OR MARKETS SOURCING FROM LOCAL PRODUCERS BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.
Access to healthy food for vulnerable communities in southern and western Dallas is a significant challenge. It has been documented that over 36 percent of Dallas’ residents live in census tracts that meet the USDA definition for food deserts. Additionally, the food supply chain is heavily dependent upon food suppliers outside of Texas and the United States. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and more frequent droughts may result in losses to crops and livestock, and could lead to supply chain issues and increased food insecurity. This is also an area with significant community concern. In FY 20-21, five actions from this sector, with 17 milestones will be initiated. These actions include developing an Urban Agriculture Plan to guide efforts forward as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Departments involved in Goal 7 activities include Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Office of Innovation, Economic Development, Office of Procurement Services, and Convention & Event Services.
Resources for Residents
1 Find and join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which is a membership to a small farm, that provides fresh, local produce each week.
2 Join Bonton Farms, a community based urban farm or shop for local produce and other goods at their market.
3 Help improve food security in your community by contributing food, donating to, or volunteering for the North Texas Food Bank.
4 Learn about how you can grow your own produce at home from the Dallas County Master Gardener Association.
Resources for Businesses
1 Donate surplus food to the North Texas Food Bank, which provides 200,000 meals per day to residents facing hunger.
2 Foodsource DFW helps businesses facilitate large donations of surplus foods and resources that would otherwise go to waste to those in need. Schedule a free tax-deductible pickup and Foodsource DFW will distribute the food to a network of regional food banks.
3 All food services businesses, but especially full-service hotels, can use the Hotel Kitchen Toolkit to identify ways they can reduce food waste. Participating hotels have seen reductions in food waste of 10-38% in just 12 weeks.