Policy & Education

The PRC engages in educational efforts at the local and state level to advance policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Current projects include food and agricultural systems, improving the school food environment, joint-use agreements for playgrounds and recreational facilities, and infrastructure changes such as the construction of bike lanes and the improvement and maintenance of sidewalks and signs.

New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee


The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) is a broad-based committee of area leaders working to improve access to fresh healthy food. The FPAC was authorized by a May 2007 resolution of the New Orleans City Council. It currently meets, independent of city government, to address various community needs involving food security and food access.

The Tulane Prevention Research Center is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the FPAC. Members of FPAC include:

In January 2008, the Food Policy Advisory Committee presented the City Council with a set of achievable recommendations to improve access to supermarkets, farmers markets, and other fresh food retail outlets, outlined in the report Building Healthy Communities: Expanding Access to Fresh Food Retail. As a result of this report and work by FPAC members and city officials to implement its recommendations, the City of New Orleans established the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative in 2011. This $14 million loan program is administered by the City of New Orleans, Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE) and The Food Trust are partners in administering this citywide program. As of summer 2013, three loans have been awarded.

On a state-wide level, the FPAC educated state legislatures about the opportunity to develop a program similar to Pennsylvania’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative. Such a program would provide grants and loans to fresh food retailers across the state that plan to open or expand offerings in underserved areas. LA Senate Resolution 112 (2008) established the State Healthy Food Retail Study Group, which released a report highlighting its findings and outlining recommendations for the development of a Healthy Food Retail Financing Program. Based on this report, LA Act 252 (Senate Bill 299), known as the Healthy Food Retail Act, was passed during the 2009 Legislative Session. The law set up a mechanism for financing at the state level, but the program has not been funded.

In the fall of 2009, the FPAC launched its second major initiative, focused on improving School Food and Child Nutrition. The result was the report “Stepping Up to the Plate: Transforming School Food in New Orleans.” The FPAC has since worked to help other parts of Louisiana establish food policy groups and organized the first annual Louisiana Food Access Summit in 2012.

If you are interested in learning more about the Food Policy Advisory Committee, contact Adrienne Rathert Mundorf (Tulane PRC) at 504-988-5174 or “arathert@tulane.edu.“mailto:arathert@tulane.edu You can also visit the FPAC’s website nolafpac.org. And visit our publications page to read about FPAC’s work.

Program Manager: Adrienne Rathert Mundorf

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Featured Publications


Physical Activity


Depressive symptoms and physical activity in adolescent girls


Nutrition and Food Availability


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Shop Talk Poster


Policy Briefs


A Question of Access: Addressing Poor Nutrition, Food Availability, and Policy

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