Better food means better health.

Scroll down to learn more about our recent projects involving research, action and motivation towards a healthier food system.


Filling the Grocery Gap

Exploring solutions for neighborhoods with reduced access to fresh groceries

Filling the Grocery Gap in Peoria report contained the findings of a study to better understand the closing of two grocery stores in the Peoria area and explore sustainable grocery solutions to fill the gap. This report aims to support the development of healthy, affordable, and sustainable grocery retail businesses in underserved Peoria neighborhoods.

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The Good Food Recovery Program

Turning food waste into food security

Good Food Recovery improves the availability of healthy food alternatives for food banks, food pantries and kitchens through donated fresh vegetables, fruit and prepared meals. The program enables the recovery of unsold surplus food by matching food donations with hunger relief organizations and volunteer food runners.

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Healthy Eating, Active Living

HOI partnership for a healthy community

HEAL was prioritized by the Tri-County area to focus on youth and adult nutrition and physical activity. The HEAL group was formed to create a goal, objective and strategies. This group met a total of four times to finalize the dashboard presented in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

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Community Health Needs Assessment

Comparing health access to prevalence of disease

CHNA is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and wellbeing of residents in the Tri-County region. The most important health-related issues identified to date are healthy behaviors (active living, healthy eating and the impact on obesity) and mental health.

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500 in 5 Community Conversations

The foundation for the direction of the RFFC

After months of researching and benchmarking with national food council groups, we elicited feedback and suggestions for meaningful strategies to meet the needs of the region. 500 in 5 data will guide our future project work and support for key initiatives in the region.

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