Increase equity and economic resilience in the Greater Capital Region Food System, specifically for low-income consumers and regional producers and processors.

Goals of the Assessment

Production, Processing & Distribution - The assessment will look at the local food economy by analyzing food production, processing, and distribution in the 11 counties

of the Greater Capital Region Foodshed. The goal is to identify opportunities to increase the purchasing of locally produced food. Findings will include information for producers

on opportunities to scale-up production, establish connections with wholesale buyers,

and identify gaps in regional food system infrastructure. The assessment will determine what is needed to strengthen the regional food economy and will make recommendations to guide regional planning and development.


Consumption - The assessment will identify methods to increase food security and healthy food access in low-income communities in the four main counties of the Capital District. We will conduct a community food security assessment with the goal of evaluating the retail food environment and regional food assistance systems. Findings will include information about the different communities in the Capital District and their identified needs in terms of food access, including barriers to food security, food in high demand,

and successful programs and services currently supporting healthy food access and food security in the region. The assessment will develop recommendations for regional stakeholders geared towards supporting the equitable development of our regional food system at the community level.


Want to get involved?

Email Marissa at foodassessment@capitalroots.org