About Us

Our History

2015

  • Passed enabling language in state legislature to allow for personal property tax abatements for supermarkets to locate or renovate in or near food deserts
  • Released 2015 Food Environment Map and Report

2014

  • After ongoing advocacy, a provision to allow online SNAP benefits included in the 2014 Farm Bill
  • Launched Homegrown Baltimore Employee Wellness CSA
  • Food Access Planner and Food Retail Economic Development Officer hired.

2013

2012

  • Launched SNAP benefits at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar
  • Launched Healthy Carryout Strategy at Lexington and Hollins Market. Program grew to include Northeast Market and 34 vendors in total.

2011

  • Change in state policy to allow first-year farmers’ markets in food deserts to accept federal nutrition assistance
  • Updated health code to allow residents to own chickens, rabbits, goats and bees

2010


Contacts

Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
Office of Sustainability
Department of Planning 
417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202


Holly Freishtat, MS

Baltimore City Food Policy Director 

Office of Sustainability

Department of Planning

(443) 928-3477

[email protected]


Sarah Buzogany

Food Access Planner

Office of Sustainability

Department of Planning

(410) 396-4359

[email protected]


Alice Huang

Food Access Planner

Office of Sustainability

Department of Planning

(410) 396-3899

[email protected]


Kristin Dawson

Food Retail Economic Development Officer

Baltimore Development Corporation

(410) 779-3892

[email protected]


Laura Flamm

Baltimarket and Food Access Director

Baltimore City Health Department

(410) 545-7544

[email protected]