The Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood study provides trustworthy and practical decision-making tools that use a system lens within an equity framework to guide future community driven food systems change.
The Menu of Actions is one of several tools developed by the foodNEST 2.0 collaborative to mobilize community driven food systems change. Our work is iterative and adaptive and always open for deliberation and evolution, which aligns with our collective belief that transformation is a living process.
The food system we hope for can serve to achieve justice where people and communities have freedom, agency, and dignity to be authentic with their food traditions. Beginning in 2015, food retail assessments were conducted annually in grocery stores, corner stores, pharmacies, and dollar stores located in four Ohio neighborhoods - three in Cleveland and one in Columbus. Food store assessments were used to systematically examine food availability, pricing, variety, and quality.