Atlanta Local Food Initiative

Building a local food system that enhances human health, promotes environmental renewal, fosters local economies, and links rural and urban communities.

What is ALFI?

ALFI is a diverse coalition of stakeholders working to build a more sustainable food system for metro Atlanta. Stakeholders include communities, nonprofits, universities, government agencies, individuals and corporations.

Vision and Mission

ALFI envisions a transformed food system in which every Atlantan has access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food produced by a thriving network of sustainable farms and gardens. ALFI's mission is to build a local food system that enhances human health, promotes environmental renewal, fosters local economies, and links rural and urban communities.

Core Activities

Coalition building, strategic planning and assessment, and policy development

Recent Food Systems Research

Urban Agriculture: Six City Case Study Analysis to inform Atlanta’s urban ag policies

Across the United States, urban food production and its supporting policies have yielded multiple benefits for host cities such as the promotion of human health, encouragement of civic virtue, development of economic opportunities, and protection of the environment. This research was targeted at analyzing how several prominent cities in the U.S. have already approached urban […]

Wholesome Wave Georgia Evaluation Report

Food insecurity is at the highest levels in the U.S. since the Great Depression, and Georgia in particular has the fourth highest rate of food insecurity. Federal food assistance benefits were designed to address food insecurity, but they may be exacerbating the relationship between food assistance and diet-related chronic disease. Double value coupon programs were […]

Farmers Market Incentive Programs and Access to Local Fruits and Vegetables among Low-Income, Food Insecure Households

Childhood obesity, similar to most of our nation’s health inequities, is replicated in extreme in underserved communities. Nearly 40% of Latino and African American children are overweight or obese (White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, 2011). Low-income children are more likely to be overweight or obese than higher income children and are also the […]

Urban Agriculture: A Sixteen City Survey of Urban Agriculture Practices Across the Country

This report surveys the zoning ordinances of 16 cities and explores how these cities have incorporated urban agriculture into their land use plans. Each city was chosen either because of its long-standing urban agriculture practices or because of its recent efforts to revise its zoning ordinances. All information contained within this report is current as […]