Oct 18, 2019

City Council votes to limit Small Box Retailers in New Orleans.


For Immediate Release: October 18, 2019
Contact: Elisa Munoz-Miller, elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org, 504-383-3364

Changes to Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that limit the number of Small Box Retailers and encourages fresh, healthy food in food deserts.

 These changes, recommended by the City Planning Commission, are the result of a City Council commissioned study about the effects of “Small Box Retailers” such as Family Dollar and Dollar General. The changes include defining fresh and frozen food, and setting minimum shelf space for fresh and frozen foods in new small box retailer. These changes will increase both the access to fresh food and the ability for farmers to make a viable career growing food in communities that need it. 

"All residents deserve to have access to healthy food options, including fresh foods and vegetables, regardless of zip code or income. I appreciate NOLA Food Policy for working with the Council to ensure we provide opportunities for selling fresh produce in more urban areas and improving health outcomes across the city," said New Orleans District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. 

New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, along with partners and members Tulane Prevention Research Center, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, Recirculating Farms Coalition, SPROUT NOLA, New Orleans Growers Alliance and others, helped inform the study and been active at every step along the way of this important work.

“The changes to the CZO reflect the Councils commitment to ensuring all New Orleanians have access to fresh, healthy food,” said Elisa Munoz-Miller, Executive Director of New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee.

 Currently, 1 in 5 New Orleanians lack food security, defined as the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Research shows that improving access to healthy foods in a neighborhood increased consumption of fresh produce and healthful foods. The City of New Orleans’s work in this area, including the Healthy Corner Store Collaborative and the CZO changes, shows a deep commitment to the health and wealth of all New Orleanians.

"Residents across our district have expressed their wants and needs for greater diversity of retail shopping choices and balanced development," said Councilmember Nguyen. "We are proud to announce the approval of this zoning docket, which addresses residents' concerns by establishing density and litter abatement requirements for small box retail stores throughout the city."

New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) is a broad-based coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals shaping public policy through education, advocacy and programming. In 2017 FPAC was named an advisory body to the New Orleans City Council in matters of food and agriculture.

For more information about FPAC please visit www.nolafoodpolicy.org or contact Elisa Munoz-Miller, elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org

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