Community Food Assessment Reports from Around the U.S.

Wondering what has come of all these community food assessments? Looking for ideas about how to format your own results and recommendations? Read through sample reports from around the country.

The following reports highlight the results of CFAs from across the U.S. that were led by local organizations, universities, government agencies and community coalitions. Each report emphasizes the findings of the assessment and outlines practical recommendations for moving forward. To see what communities decided to capture and what recommendations were reached, read through a few – it may spark some ideas as you plan your own or provide helpful templates for you to organize your results. New reports are coming out often, so you may also want to also check this list for the latest: Recent Community Food Assessment Reports.

A Food Systems Assessment for Oakland, CA: Toward a Sustainable Food Plan, Serena Unger and Heather Wooten, 2006.

ACTION Food Assessment Report, Community Services Unlimited, Inc., south-central Los Angeles 2004. This assessment engaged over 750 community members at 18 sites through volunteer power and in-kind donations. To read more about their process, see the program profiles for a spotlight on ACTION and Community Services Unlimited.

An Assessment of Community Food Security in Washington, D.C., DC Hunger Solutions, a project of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), 2006.

Building Local Food Connections: A Community Food System Assessment for Concord, MA. Christina Gibson and Jamie Pottern, 2012.

Everyone Eats! A Community Food Assessment for Areas of North and Northeast Portland, Oregon, Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, 2007.

Fresno Fresh Access: Community Food Assessment Report, Fresno Metro Ministry, 2005. This four-page report proves that full-color, designed presentations aren’t always necessary to communicate great results. See the spotlight on Fresno Metro Ministry to read more about the process it went through while conducting the CFA.

Food Access in Central and South Los Angeles: Mapping Injustice, Agenda for Action. A Report on Project CAFE: Community Action on Food Environments. Los Angeles, CA: Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, 2007.

From Our Own Soil: Highlights from the Benton County Community Food Assessment, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, 2005.

Get Fresh! Community Food Assessment: Food Access, Food Justice and Collective Action in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, 2011.

Missoula County Community Food Assessment. Community Food and Agriculture Coalition. This assessment has three parts; the first, Our Foodshed in Focus gathered information regarding food production, distribution, and consumption in the county. The results from this research are compiled into a report that shows patterns and changes in the food system over time. The second is a resource guide of food and farming in Missoula County: Grow, Eat, Know. The results from both parts of this research can be found in the report titled Production and Consumption Report: Food Matters:

  • Our Foodshed in FocusMissoula County Food and Agriculture by the Numbers, 2003.
  • Grow, Eat and KnowA Resource Guide to Food and Farming In Missoula County, 2004.
  • Food MattersFarm Viability and Food Consumption in Missoula County, 2004.

Understanding Access to Healthy Foods for Food Insecure Populations in Chaffee County: A Community Food Assessment Approach, LiveWell Colorado, 2011.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Stories from the Field, Community Food Security Coalition, 2009. See how communities and organizations have worked with the Whole Measures CFS tool for food systems project planning, evaluation and more to incorporate themes of justice and fairness; strong communities, vibrant farms, healthy people, sustainable ecosystems and thriving local economies.

Updated 12/2013