February 2018 Newsletter
Promoting Healthy and Affordable Food Choices
Improving Access to Healthy Foods is not Enough
Get Healthy SMC promotes access to healthy fresh food. Most recently, with the support of Get Healthy SMC partners, Daly City adopted the Kids’ Healthy Meals Ordinance which will require restaurants to replace sugary beverages with healthier options such as water and low-fat milk as the default beverage in children’s meals. Read more about this policy victory in this month’s case study, Are We Sweet Enough? Yet we understand that expanding access to healthy foods is not enough. Affordable access to fresh food is key to achieve a sustainable and equitable food system. In an effort to increase access to healthy, affordable food, Get Healthy SMC partnered with Pie Ranch, a farm located in Pescadero, to pilot a healthy meal kit program with local low-income families. Pie Ranch was able to offer discounted meal kits for a family of four. The families reported that they enjoyed the opportunity to try new recipes with local, organic, seasonal ingredients and would definitely purchase them in the future, if it remained within their budget.
2018 SMC Legislative Platform
On February 13th the Board of Supervisors passed a legislative platform to guide the County’s policy priorities for 2018. Key priorities identified include transportation funding, affordable housing and homelessness, parks funding, cannabis regulation, preserving the Affordable Care Act and continuing to support coordinated care and in-home supportive services. Supervisors requested a couple of changes to the draft platform presented, one of them being increased support for bail reform. The platform will not come back for public discussion and will be finalized based on the Supervisors’ input. We will share the final version on social media once available. The platform aligns well with Get Healthy San Mateo County’s priorities to build healthy communities by addressing equitable opportunities to financial security, housing stability, education and complete neighborhoods. Notably, support for limiting access to harmful sugary drinks was included in support of making the healthy choice, the easy choice. This builds on Daly City’s leadership on passing the first Default Beverage Kids Healthy Meals ordinance earlier this year, which removes sugary drinks and sodas as the default beverage in kids’ meals