City Visions: Will Fresh Food Vouchers Improve Public Health? | KALW

City Visions: Will Fresh Food Vouchers Improve Public Health?

Nov 22, 2014

Host Joseph Pace examines food insecurity in San Francisco and EatSF, a new fresh fruit and vegetable voucher program for "food insecure" residents of the Tenderloin.  

Nearly one quarter of San Francisco's residents don't have reliable access to fresh, nutritious food, despite the city's commitment to social services.  The Department of Public Health and UCSF  have teamed up to create EatSF to tackle this problem.  If EatSF works, it will expand to other neighborhoods.

What makes EatSF different?  Who receives vouchers first and why?  Is EatSF scalable and effective enough to improve health outcomes?  

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

Guests: 

Paula Jones, MA, PhD - Senior Health Planner and the Director of Food Systems, San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS - Director, EatSF;  Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and the Center for Vulnerable Populations and an internist at San Francisco General Hospital.  

Eli Zigas - Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager, SPUR

Resources:

Food Security Task Force 2013 Report

Community Health Status Assessment:  City and County of San Francisco, July 2012

 

Locally Nourished: How a Stronger Regional Food System Improves the Bay Area, by Eli Zigas from SPUR EatSF:  Overview of the program from the Hellman Foundation EatSF: Inquiries