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GOAL 7:

ALL DALLAS’ COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCAL FOOD

Targets

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.

 Q3 Progress

Reported June 2022

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 21-22, 9 actions from this sector, with 26 milestones will be initiated. Implementation of these new milestones will involve collaboration with the following City departments:

  • Environmental Quality & Sustainability

  • Office of Economic Development

 

Note: Actions marked as ongoing span multiple fiscal years, meaning efforts will be carried out continuously and therefore will not be marked complete until the end of this fiscal year.


Year Two Work Plan

COMPLETE: 6 Milestones

 

FA1: Increase access to information on sustainable agriculture, best practices, and the benefits of healthy and local foods

  • Work in partnership with organizations to provide outreach and education on healthy

 

FA3: Meet with the FAC on a regular basis to advise on the development of the Urban Agriculture Plan

  • As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, continue the comprehensive review of policy and regulatory barriers to growing local food for personal consumption or economic development 

  • As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, evaluate demographic and community-specific needs 

  • As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, identify incentives to support agriculture that provides carbon sequestration benefits 

FA9: Establish a local food procurement plan to encourage local food purchasing at city-sponsored events

  • ​Define geographic and nutritional standards for all City-sponsored events

 

FA13: Collaborate with organizations that are working to divert surplus food from grocery stores and markets to reach communities in need

  • Identify community organizations involved with surplus food diversion