Make It Local

On April 1, 2015 the Healthy Savannah coalition received a one year Plan4Health grant from the CDC via the American Planning Association and American Public Health Association to increase opportunities for Chatham County residents to engage in healthy behaviors, specifically eating healthy foods. Project strategies include a food system needs assessment, a healthy food distribution and retail implementation plan, and policy promoting equitable access to healthy food.

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Major causes of morbidity and mortality in Chatham County are related to unhealthy diet, a determinant of chronic disease that this project addresses. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Chatham County, accounting for 3,348 deaths from 2009 to 2013. Diabetes is rapidly growing, affecting roughly 10 percent of residents. Twenty-seven (27) percent of adults are obese. Twenty (20) percent of the population reports they did not have access to a reliable source of food during the past year. About 75% of adults in the Coastal Health District, which includes Chatham County, consume less than 5 fruits and vegetables servings daily according to the Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The project will reach at-risk populations in Chatham County, which largely reside within the City of Savannah. These include low income, minorities, and the uninsured.


Growing Food:

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Gratitude Gardens
Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA)

Savannah Victory Gardens 
Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON)
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

Buying Whole Foods:

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Bethesda Academy Farm & Garden
Brighter Day Natural Foods
Eat Wild 
Farm to Fork
Forsyth Farmers’ Market 
Heritage Organic Farm
Hunter Cattle
Hunter Cattle Mooma’s Farm Store
Local Farm Bag – Savannah
Local Organic Moms 
Pooler Farmers’ Market
Richmond Hill Farmers’ Market
Savannah Food Coop
Savannah Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
Savannah River Farms 
Southern Swiss Dairy
Sweet Grass Dairy (Whole Sell)
The Back Forty Farm – CSA
Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market
Whole Foods Market – Savannah

Resource Organizations and Businesses


 City of Savannah: Community Gardens
Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council
Skidaway Farms
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Well Fed Magazine


Food Research and News 


2012 Census of Agriculture

2014 Georgia Wage Survey

Assessing the Economic Impacts of Regional Food Hubs: the Case of Regional Access

Assessing the Potential Northwest Minnesota Farm-to-Institution Market

California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

California Farmers Gulp Most of State’s Water, But Say They’ve Cut Back

Connecting People to the Source of Their Food

Despite The Drought, Produce Prices Are Staying Stable — Why?

Drought Will Prove a Formidable Opponent in Brown’s Final Term

Innovations in Local Food Enterprise

Making Good Food Work

Making Small Farms into Big Business

Re-framing the great food debate: The case for sustainable food

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide

The Economics of Local Food Systems

Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems

Understanding Access to Healthy Foods for Food Insecure Populations in Chaffee County

Why Local Linkage Matter

Food Related Websites 

Fair Food Network

Farm To City

Growing Food Connections

University of Georgia Extension Agriculture

USDA:  The National Agricultural Statistics Service

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