Food access and local healthy food options: The City of Austin is committed to the idea that Austinites should have access to healthy food options. Tracking the percent of the population that do not know where their next meal will come from helps in understanding how to invest resources moving forward. With a focused investment of City resources, and collaborative partnerships with local organizations, Austin has seen a 56% increase in the number of farmer's markets and farm stands from 2011 to 2015. There has also been a 68% rise in community gardens per capita from 2011 to 2014.
% of Austinites under age 65 without health insurance: The Community Action Network dashboard shows that the number of uninsured has been dropping steadily in Texas over the past few years. Austin has followed that trend as well, however the percentage of uninsured under age 65 in Austin remains higher than the national average.
2015 State of the Food System Report
In April 2015, the Office of Sustainability produced the first "State of the Food System Report," which provides an overview of Austin's dynamic food system as well as indicators on growing, selling, eating, and recovering food. You can find the report here.
For questions about these sustainability measures and indicators, please contact Lewis Leff, City of Austin Office of Sustainability: Lewis.Leff@austintexas.gov.