Closing Chicago’s Food Gap by Providing Incentives to Limit Waste

July 2015

Chicago boasts over 15,000 restaurants yet still struggles with arguably the most basic of human rights: access to healthy and affordable food. Since donations to local food pantries have not kept up with local need, this policy proposes using tax and limited liability incentives to leverage food suppliers as to collect food donations on their routes to hundreds of restaurants.


Cris Cambianica, Reed College

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Abby Harrington, Michigan State University (in absentia)

About Roosevelt Summer Institute:

Over the course of nine weeks, Summer Academy Fellows are placed full-time with a partner organization, city government, community-based organization, advocacy group, or think tank. Concurrently, Fellows participate in a rigorous curriculum composed of workshops, field visits, a speaker series and a team-based challenge that develops key skills necessary to effectively engage with policy change.

In 2015 Roosevelt Summer Institute partnered with the Illinois Public Health Institute to research policy solutions to food insecurity that can guarantee access to fresh and healthy foods for the Chicago community. Eight students from across the country came together in Chicago to work on policy focused internships and conduct this research targeted at making more fresh and healthy food available for local food banks such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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