BALTIMORE FOOD POLICY INITIATIVE
Baltimore’s Food Policy Initiative (BFPI) is a cross-agency collaboration to increase access to healthy and affordable food in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Development Corporation, in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, the City’s Department of Planning and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, works to stimulate food retail development and expand access to healthy food in underserved areas to help eliminate food deserts.
Currently, one in four residents and nearly one in three children live in food deserts. Lack of access to healthy food choices contributes to disparities in life expectancy, which can differ up to 18 years.
Baltimore City now offers personal property tax credit to supermarkets locating or renovating in food desert incentive areas in the City. This tax credit is at 80 percent for 10 years against the personal property tax imposed on qualified supermarkets that locate or make significant improvements in Food Desert Incentive Areas. Personal property typically covers furniture, fixtures and equipment. For more information about the tax credit, please visit Food Desert Tax Credit. For more information about BFPI, please visit Baltimore Office of Sustainability.