Baltimarket is a suite of community-based food access and food justice programs through the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Baltimarket envisions a Baltimore with communities that have equitable access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-specific foods every day.
The purpose of www.baltimarket.org is to be an ongoing information resource for healthy food availability in Baltimore City. The site focuses on food sources throughout the city, with a particular emphasis on neighborhoods where healthy, affordable food is more difficult to find. We are open to adding resources and information. If you know of additional resources we should add to the site, please email us from the contact page.
Baltimarket’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of Baltimore City residents by using food access and food justice as strategies for community transformation. Baltimarket programs work to promote nutrition knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy; increased food security; and increased food access while tackling systemic inequities in order to affect the diet, and ultimately health, of food desert residents. Baltimarket programs include the Virtual Supermarket Program, the Healthy Stores Program, and the Neighborhood Food Advocates initiative.
BCHD collaborates with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI), an intergovernmental collaboration among the Baltimore Department of Planning, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, the Baltimore Development Corporation and the BCHD. The goal of the BFPI is to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in food deserts and to build stakeholder capacity through the Food Policy Advisory Committee (Food PAC). Food PAC is made up of more than 45 organizations, with 65 members who represent stakeholders in the city’s food production, distribution and consumption system. Food PAC convenes every other month to support BFPI and ensure its continued success in promoting healthy food policies.
Baltimarket hosts many interns each year ranging from high school to PhD students. Interns may work on community-based nutrition education, evaluation and surveying, collecting healthy recipes from community members, developing and updating program materials, and more. If you’re interested in interning with us, send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/8/2017: Efficient Gov. Baltimore is Redesigning Access to Healthy Food.
6/18/2017: CBS Baltimore (WJZ). Statewide Grant Brings Healthier Options to Baltimore Food Deserts.
6/18/2017: Baltimore Sun. Baltimore Health Department Gets $150,000 Grant to Expand Healthy Local Stores Program.
5/9/2016: WBAL. Baltimore Cultivates Food Deserts for Healthier Options
4/20/2016: Baltimore Business Journal. Fresh Food Makes its Way to Sandtown in Year Following Unrest
12/27/2015: CBS Baltimore (WJZ). Baltimore City Expanding ‘Virtual Supermarket Program’
12/28/2015: Progressive Grocer. Baltimore Broadens ‘Virtual Supermarket’ Program
12/29/2015: Technical.ly Baltimore. Baltimore Now Has 7 Virtual Supermarket locations
12/16/2014: WNEW. Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket Expands to Serve More People
12/16/2014: WMAR. ShopRite, Baltimore City Expand Virtual Supermarket Program
12/15/2014: Baltimore Sun. City to Expand Virtual Supermarket to Additional Communities
7/30/2014: WYPR. The Return of the Virtual Supermarket
7/30/2014: ABC2. Baltimore Relaunching Virtual Supermarket Program
7/29/2014: Baltimore Business Journal. Baltimore is Relaunching Grocery Delivery to Neighborhoods without Stores
7/29/2014: Baltimore Sun. City Relaunches Virtual Supermarket Program in Cherry Hill
2/26/2014: Baltimore Sun. New Program to Bring Healthy Food to City’s Corner Stores
8/21/2013: WBAL. Virtual Supermarket Makes Shopping Easy for City Residents
8/23/2012: Bloomberg Business Week. Fresh Relief for Baltimore’s Food Deserts
6/21/2012: The Marc Steiner Show. The Marc Steiner Show
2/16/2012: SNAP to Health. Interview: Laura Fox on Baltimore and SNAP
10/27/2011: Baltimore Sun “B’more Green Blog”. City’s “Virtual Supermarket” Gets National Recognition
7/13/2011: USA Today. Programs Cropping Up Across USA to Address ‘Food Deserts’
7/2011: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report. F as in Fat
4/7/2011: New York Times “The Opinion Pages – Mark Bittman”. Cities, Soda Taxes, Obesity and More
2/27/2011: CBS Baltimore. Virtual Supermarket Launches in Cherry Hill
2/9/2011: The Christian Science Monitor. Cities Create ‘Food Czars’: Can They Get Residents to Eat Their Sprouts?
2/4/2011: Examiner. The Baltimore City Health Department’s Virtual Supermarket Program
2/2/2011: AFRO. City Food Delivery Program Extends Services, Addresses Health Disparities
9/2010: The Nation’s Health. Virtual Supermarkets Increase Healthy Food Access in Baltimore
4/26/2010: NPR “All Tech Considered”. Check It Out: Get Your Groceries At The Library