Food and Beverage Access

Food Access Interest Group

Staff Liaison: Dominique Johnson

The Food Access Interest Group is focused on issues related to access to healthy foods and beverages in support of childhood obesity prevention.

CLOCC connects advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and others whose work and interests align with food and beverage access priorities. We are particularly focused on community-level interventions that increase healthy food and beverage retail, healthy food and beverage in emergency food systems, and connecting Chicago residents and communities to other sources of healthy food. Our meetings include conversations with experts in the field, group discussions on common interests, and sharing works in progress.

Upcoming Events

March 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Healthy Food Access Workshop: Best Practices in Healthy Food Donations to the Emergency Food System

Join us in discovering best practices and unique models used to increase donation and recovery of healthy foods to the emergency food system.

Our panel of experts will share successful strategies for increasing donations of heatlhy food to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. We invite leaders actively engaged in healthy food sourcing and recovery to learn and connect with practitioners across the region. The goal of this workshop is to build capacity in reducing food waste and increasing healthy options for families in need.
Please RSVP through the link below. Registration will close Thursday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. or when attendance reaches capacity.

Contact Dominique Johnson ( with questions.

Location: McCormick Tribune YMCA, Chicago, IL

Related interest group(s): Food and Beverage

For more information call 312-227-7100 or visit event web site.

March 15, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CLOCC 2017 Spring Quarterly Meeting

Join us for CLOCC’s Spring Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The meeting will focus on Early Childhood Approaches to Obesity Prevention.

CLOCC Interest Groups will meet from Noon to 1:00 PM.

The main session, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, will feature a keynote presentation by Ian Paul, MD, M.Sc., Director
of the Pediatric Clinical Research Office at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pedatrics and Public Health at Pennsylvania State Universtiy Collge of Medicine. The Spring Quarterly Meeting will also feature regional panelists from Early Childhood-focused organizations and a breakout working session to connect our partners to local resources and proven strategies supporting Early Childhood work in Chicago.

A meeting agenda will be posted soon on this page.

Healthy snacks will be available.

Location: 225 East Chicago Ave, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL

Community event? Yes

Related interest group(s): Food and Beverage, Physical Activity, Early Childhood, Health Education, Research and Evaluation, Schools, Policy and Advocacy

For more information call 312-227-7100 or visit event web site.