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Food Equity

From examining a neighborhood’s food environment to collaborating with policymakers to use geospatial mapping, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future explores the causes of food insecurity, inequity and poor access on the ability of a community to meet its food needs. By directing resources to areas with significant needs, we work with communities and policymakers to use data and stories to advocate for a more equitable, healthy and sustainable food system.

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Stories and Viewpoints


Baltimore Food Policy Advisory Committee

The Center for a Livable Future played a key role in convening the Baltimore City Food Policy Task Force, formed in 2009, and authored the Baltimore’s Food Policy Task Force Final Report and Recommendations.

Food Policy Networks

The FPN project aims to build the capacity of local, state, regional, and tribal food systems councils, national organizations, and other groups interested in improving the food system.

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast with Regional Food Systems

Studying whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers.

Community Food Assessments

We created a CFA tool and conducted CFAs in Baltimore neighborhoods to gather information on communities’ experiences of their local food environments

Baltimore City’s Food Environment

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has collaborated with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative since 2012 to examine the physical food environment in Baltimore City.


Explore Other Areas of Expertise

Food Policy & Governance

Advancing food system change in local, tribal, institutional, state, federal and international policy.

Food System Change in Baltimore

Ranging from food environment mapping to strengthening policy, ensuring soil safety for urban farmers, and resilience planning.

Food Systems & Urbanization

Explores the relationship of city-regions, from urban food production and urban gardens to mapping food policy.