Upcoming Events

FSW Steering Committee Meeting
Monday, June 17th, 2013
4:00-6:00pm @ The Avenue Cafe
2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

The mission of the Food Systems Workgroup (FSW) is that everyone has equitable access to safe, healthy, and affordable food.  

How is Ingham County doing?

                                                                                                    Accessed at: http://ers.usda.gov
      The number of convenience stores/1K population in Ingham County is increasing.  

Why is this important?
      Availability of food outlets, such as grocery stores, convenience stores/gas stations, fast-food and full-service
restaurants, or farmers markets can influence consumer purchasing and dietary behavior. Research suggests that
grocery stores and supermarkets are generally more likely to stock a variety of healthy food options at lower prices,
compared to convenience stores/gas stations. Additionally, disparities in relative access to "healthy food outlets" exist,
with low-income neighborhoods and census tracts, and rural communities having limited access to grocery stores or
supermarkets. Negative health outcomes, such as prevalence of obesity and diabetes, have been associated with higher
density of fast-food outlets and convenience stores, particularly among people of color and individuals with limited
incomes. For households with limited incomes participating in federal food assistance programs such as the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women,
Infants, and Children (WIC), the ability to redeem federal benefits at participating stores will also influence which food
outlets are visited. Recent research suggests that changes to the WIC food package implemented in 2009 have
improved overall availability of healthy foods at WIC authorized stores. Many local food outlets may also serve as a
direct market for farmers. Food outlets can promote healthy choices through pricing and promotion strategies,
marketing and point of purchase prompts, and providing nutrition information such as through menu labeling
Accessed at: http://www.foodsystems.wisc.edu/links.php
Number of
Stores/1K population



Related Food System Workgroup Objectives:

To increase viable local businesses that distribute
locally grown sustainable food

Increase food justice in our community
Other Questions to Ask:

What constitutes a convenience store and how is
it different than a grocery store?

Are convenience stores selling fresh produce and
healthy food options? Lansing resident Beth Boya
does not think so; read her thoughts at the
         Mid-Michigan Food Stories Project blog site.

Are convenience stores locally owned?

Are convenience stores SNAP- and WIC-
authorized? Progress report for these indicators
coming soon!
Check it Out!

Kirk Goldsberry, Chris Duvall, and Phil Howard
surveyed the Greater Lansing area to determine
Food Environments of East Lansing and Lansing. The map
below shows the location of different food retail venues
in the area of their study.
Number of Convenience Stores per 1,000 Population