Food Systems

Strategies for Food Systems

Support the production, distribution, and availability of food to increase access and consumption of healthy foods.

Activity Description
Food Systems Policy Develop and support food systems policies at state, regional, county, or municipal levels
Food Access Enhance policies, systems, and environments that support no-cost food programs (where food is free)
Food Retail Enhance policies, systems, and environments that support food retail (where food is purchased)
Farmers/Growers Train and connect local farmers and food producers to support locally-based food access and food retail
Gardens Support community and home gardens
Community Engagement Engage residents in SNAP-Ed eligible communities in the process and planning using consulting, involving and collaborating techniques.

Tools for Food Systems

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Person-Centered Tips for Food Systems

Posted on April 23, 2021

This resource and tip sheet is designed to support person-centered approaches for Food Systems strategies and activities.
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Maricopa County Food Systems Local Best Practices: Policies and Regulations

Posted on December 8, 2020

This guide is organized by the core elements that influence food system policy including general planning, zoning, local food production, water use, food waste, and economic development. The guide highlights best practices, stories from the field, and opportunities for each of these elements. This guide is designed for use by city council; appointed public officials; city and town planning, zoning, economic development, and public works departments; advocates; practitioners; and, anyone interested in improving the food system or playing a role in decision-making around the local food system.
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Summer Lunch Buddies Toolkit 2020

Posted on February 12, 2020

The Summer Lunch Buddies Toolkit was developed to promote the Summer Food Service Program across Arizona. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children by schools, private non-profits and local or county governments. The SFSP is administered at the State level by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Food sites are located throughout Arizona. Sites provide FREE meals to children, ages 18 and younger, during approved meal service times and dates. Some sites may also offer adult meals at a discounted price.

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Fresh Pick Four Seasons

Posted on January 23, 2018

The primary purpose of the toolkit is to provide marketing collateral Fresh Pick, farmers markets - local flavor, family fun. In this toolkit you will find materials for all four Arizona seasons. 

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Eat in Season Flyers

Posted on November 14, 2017

Use these guides to find which fruits and vegetables are in season in Arizona. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are all included in this zipped file.

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Healthy Starts Here - Healthy Retail Toolkit

Posted on November 8, 2017

The primary purpose of the toolkit is to provide marketing collateral for healthy food products being sold in retail stores of all sizes. The toolkit uses USDA’s recommendations on how to translate the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into key consumer messages. Some tips to highlight Be Inclusive (all forms of food), Encourage personalization, Empower change (positive, action-oriented steps). The subheading of the toolkit, Small Steps to Healthy Habits, drives this idea home.

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Accepting SNAP Benefits at Your Farmers' Market or Market Booth - A How-To Toolkit

Posted on March 4, 2016

This toolkit has been developed in order to assist market vendors, managers, volunteers and customers in offering a successful “SNAP at the Market” program! We want to provide clear information about what accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) entails, how it can benefit the market, vendors and customers, and what everyone involved will be asked to do. Inside you will learn how to accept SNAP/EBT (formerly known as food stamps), where to get point of sale equipment, which foods are SNAP eligible, and more. This will help ensure that everyone at the market has up-to-date information to make the program work well. This guide is intended to be an ongoing resource for you. There is space along the inside margin of each page for you to take notes or make comments as you go along.

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ADHS School Garden Program

Posted on February 25, 2016

The goal of the ADHS School Garden Program is to enable fresh produce to be safely served in school cafeterias from their on-site school garden. The program resources will help school gardens meet the requirements to be an approved source, as required in the Arizona Food Code.

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Calculating Selling Area for Healthy Retail: A Fact Sheet about Improving Access to Healthy Food

Posted on February 25, 2016

This tool is designed to explain how to measure the total selling area of a store, both floor area and shelf space, as well as calculate the total percentage of selling area devoted to a particular type of product like produce or staple foods.

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Creating a Permit Program for Produce Cart Vendors: A Fact Sheet about Encouraging Healthy Cart Vending

Posted on February 25, 2016

This fact sheet provides an overview of a model produce cart ordinance and describes the many benefits of produce cart vending. The model ordinance creates a streamlined permit program to make it easier for produce cart vendors to bring fresh, uncut fruits and vegetables from a mobile cart directly to a neighborhood.

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Key Contacts for Food Systems

Jessica Davenport

Jessica Davenport

AZ Health Zone Food Systems Specialist
Rebecca Serratos

Rebecca Serratos

SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator
Elisabeth Tyndall

Elisabeth Tyndall

Early Childhood Nutrition Education Specialist