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Across the country, communities are using an array of healthy food retail strategies to increase access to fresh, healthy food. Some efforts include establishing farmers markets, developing new grocery stores, or improving existing neighborhood stores. Much of the healthy food retail work has been driven by the public health sector as a strategy to address rising obesity rates, particularly within low-income communities where access to healthy food may be limited.

In 2010, Public Health - Seattle & King County funded Healthy Foods Here (HFH), a healthy food retail project aimed at improving access to healthy food and encouraging community economic development. HFH focused on populations in southeast Seattle and south King County—areas where residents bear a disproportionate burden of poor health and socioeconomic deprivation within the county.

Learn more about HFH by downloading Healthy Foods Here: Recommendations for Future Programming.