A food system is an interconnected network that includes everything from “field to fork” — essentially how food is grown, distributed and sold, consumed, and recovered from unnecessarily entering the landfill.

A sustainable food system is a local one. The research and reports below offer information about Austin’s food system and what the City is doing to make it more equitable and healthy.



Our office is partnering with the UT School of Public Health and Dell Medical School to assess community food needs during the COVID-19 pandemic response. View the reports on food access needs.

Small graphic of State of the Food System 2018 Report The State of the Food System Report (October 2018) provides an update on City of Austin programs and initiatives designed to enhance the local food system in four areas: growing, selling, eating, and recovering food. See the data sources used for this report.
Food Access in Austin

Our office surveyed over 800 food retail establishments to assess the availability of healthy, nutritious food in the Austin area. The findings from this study will help guide new and existing healthy food initiatives and outreach for residents who live in areas that face barriers to healthy food access.

Healthy Food Access Initiative cover Austin Healthy Food Access Initiative: Improving Access to Good and Affordable Food (July 2016) outlines six recommendations for improving food access in response to City Council Resolution 20160303-020. Also see the presentation to Austin City Council about improving food access.
State of the Food System Report cover State of the Food System Report (April 2015) provides key metrics and data about Austin’s dynamic food system, as well as descriptive overviews of City of Austin programs and initiatives related to food. See the data sources used for this report.
Food for All Report cover Food For All: Inclusive Neighborhood Food Planning in North Austin (July 2016) describes food access opportunities and barriers in the North Central Austin / Rundberg area identified through extensive interviews with and surveys of community residents, retailers, and stakeholders.