Food Plan

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Since July 2011, Healthy Places has been working to develop a food plan that will help address obesity and build a healthier food culture in our city. Over 400 Chicagoans - including representatives from diverse public, private and non-profit organizations - worked together to create the plan and develop strategies to:

  • Build Healthier Neighborhoods
  • Grow Food
  • Expand Healthy Food Enterprises 
  • Strengthen the Food Safety Net
  • Serve Healthy Food and Beverages
  • Improve Eating Habits

The planning process was led by the Chicago Departments of Housing and Economic Development, Public Health, and Family and Support Services, and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). Working groups and members of the public contributed to the plan's recommendations and strategies through workshops and town hall meetings, and by submitting public comments on a draft of the food plan. See archived material here. On January 24, 2013, the plan was adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission as city policy. Read the press release here.

The food plan, A Recipe for Healthy Places, can be viewed here.

Learn more about the food plan and its development by watching this video.

Keep up with the Chicago Food Plan on Twitter - #ChiFoodPlan

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