Baltimarket is a suite of community-based food access and food justice programs through the Baltimore City Health Department. Baltimarket’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of Baltimore City residents by using food access and food justice as strategies for community transformation. This is achieved by promoting nutrition knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy; increased food security; and increased food access while tackling systemic inequities in order to affect the diet, and ultimately health, of food desert residents. Current Baltimarket programs include the Virtual Supermarket Program, the Healthy Stores Program, and the Neighborhood Food Advocates Initiative.
For more information about Baltimarket and healthy eating in Baltimore, visit www.baltimarket.org. Here, you can learn more about our programs and:
- Public Markets
- Farmers Markets
- Community Gardens/Adopt-a-Lot
- Urban Farming
- Healthy Eating
- Other Resources
Virtual Supermarket Program
The Virtual Supermarket is the flagship Baltimarket program: a first-nationally, award-winning program that uses online grocery ordering and delivery to bring food to community sites in food desert neighborhoods. The Virtual Supermarket Program enables residents to place grocery orders at their senior/disabled housing, public housing, local library, or from any computer and to pick up their order at their community site at no delivery cost. Residents pay for their groceries using cash, credit, debit and EBT/SNAP. There are currently 14 Virtual Supermarket locations. Learn more here: http://www.baltimarket.org/virtual-supermarket/
The Healthy Stores program aims to reduce childhood obesity through a multi-level, community-based program that transforms the retail food environment in Baltimore’s food deserts, engaging corner stores, youth, grocery stores, and caregivers to increase supply of and demand for healthy foods. Launched in mid-2014, Baltimarket Healthy Stores will reach 12,100 people over a three year period by supporting 25 corner stores in successfully stocking healthier items, organizing 75 youth as Neighborhood Food Advocates to assist with corner store transformations, and conducting nutrition education and environmental interventions at three grocery stores. Learn more here: http://www.baltimarket.org/healthy-corner-stores/
Neighborhood Food Advocates
The Neighborhood Food Advocates initiative works in tandem with the Virtual Supermarket and Healthy Stores programs and aims to engage and organize residents in food desert communities in order to develop self-identified plans of addressing food inequity. The Neighborhood Food Advocates Initiative has a two-prong approach: 1) train and organize advocates in neighborhoods to address neighborhood-level food issues, and 2) build a coalition of individuals, groups, and grassroots and community-based organizations to create a collective agenda to address food issues. This is achieved through leadership development, coalition building, and an annual listening and organizing session. Learn more here: http://www.baltimarket.org/neighborhood-food-advocates/
Baltimarket is generously supported by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, the Stulman Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the United Way of Central Maryland.
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