A Passion for Creating a Culture of Health

Meet Jasmine Hall Ratliff, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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25 YEARS, 25 STORIES

The first time Jasmine Hall Ratliff heard about The Food Trust’s work advocating for healthy food retail, she thought, “that project sounds pretty cool.” A program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Jasmine, too, was working hard to create healthier communities. “I have a real passion for it,” she says. “Things in your community that influence your health — like your ability to get healthy food or your ability to walk outside — are all as important as being able to get to see a doctor.”

The Food Trust began in 1992 as the Farmers’ Market Trust, promoting healthy food access and nutrition education in a handful of Philadelphia public housing developments. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began working with the organization in 2003 as part of its effort to end the epidemic of childhood obesity. Today, with assistance from Jasmine and her colleagues at RWJF, The Food Trust is working in nearly every state across the country.

Jasmine currently serves as the program officer for a major new initiative, The Food Trust's Center for Healthy Food Access. Supported by RWJF, this national collaborative effort is working to increase access to and demand for healthy foods and beverages in underserved urban and rural communities.

For Jasmine, the success of The Food Trust’s programs comes not from their breadth, but from their deep connections in each community. “They are getting community members around the table — whether on a city level or a state level or a national level — to discuss and more fully understand the solutions that are needed to address food access issues.”

Learn more about The Food Trust's work through the Center for Healthy Food Access

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This interview is part of our weekly "25 Years, 25 Stories" series, spotlighting some of The Food Trust's diverse voices in healthy food access. If you would like to support our work, click here to make a tax-deductible donation today.

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