FAQ

Some Definitions for Common Food Policy Terms

  1. Food access– means the ability of an individual or a family to consistently obtain affordable, nutritious foods equitably across geography and income level.
  2. Food assets– means any resource or capacity, whether physical or skill-based, in the growth, production, processing, distribution, disposal, or repurposing of food.
  3. Food desert– means an area where more than 50% of the population is at or below 185% of the average median income level and where an individual cannot obtain a wide selection of fresh produce and other nutritious foods within a 1/2 mile of the individual’s residence.
  4. Food procurement– means the purchasing of or contracting for large volumes of food either directly from farms or from vendors by large entities either public or private, including schools, hospitals, and prisons.
  5. Local food economy– means an individual, organization, or business that maintains a presence in the District and is involved in the growth, production, processing, distribution, disposal, or repurposing of food within the District.
  6. Locally grown– means from a grower in Delaware, the District, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.
  7. Urban agriculture– means the practice of growing, cultivating, processing, and distributing vegetables, fruits, grains, mushrooms, honey, herbs, nuts, seeds, and rootstock within the District.