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Community Grocery RFI

Request for Information: Louisville Food System Needs 

Publication Date: August 31st, 2020

Agencies: Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Center for Health Equity 

Information must be submitted by September 13,2020 at 11:59pm

Comments on this Request for Information can be provided using this form or by mail addressed to: 

ATTN: Center for Health Equity
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness 
400 E Gray Street 
Louisville, KY 40202 

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Center for Health Equity (CHE) seeks comment from the public on issues and challenges with Louisville’s food system and a $3.5 million bond allocation from the Louisville Metro Council for a community grocery.  

Supplementary Information:  

Through this RFI, CHE is seeking input from residents, organizations, and other entities that capture the realities of Louisville’s food system and food insecurity. Specifically, we seek input on your challenges and recommendations on accessing healthy, affordable food, and accessing a grocery store. In this regard, please keep in mind the following: 

  • If you have multiple needs, concerns and/or recommendations, you may make multiple submissions. 

  • For the purposes of this RFI, “food insecurity” means the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources, anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house and resulting in disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. 
How the information will be used: 

The Center for Health Equity will review all responses. Our goal is to learn about the visions of residents in the current context for a thriving food ecosystem so decision-makers in Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Metro Council can better understand how the community envisions overall needs and supports for residents. 

The Center for Health Equity will highlight insights from this RFI to the Metro Council on issues related to Louisville’s food system and ideas from the public on improving this system across the community. While we may not be able to include all recommendations and feedback into a formal presentation, all responses will be provided to the Council.  

Finally, the Center for Health Equity is planning for the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) in alignment with the Louisville Metro Council’s $3.5 million allocation for a community grocery. Responses specifically related to the community grocery allocation of $3.5 million will be used to inform the crafting of the grocery RFP.   

The Louisville Metro Council has allocated $3.5 million in the Fiscal Year 21 (FY21) Capital Budget to support the development of a grocery in an “underserved area.” (See the exact language in the Supplementary Information section in the Captial Budget document.) This store would be placed in an area of the county where getting to a grocery store and/or accessing affordable food is not the easy choice.