Planning the City of Good (and New) Neighbours: Refugees' Experiences of the Food Environment in Buffalo, New York
We explore the experiences of refugees from Burma in navigating food environments in the United States, and explore the extent to which local governments are supporting or hindering their access to culturally preferred, nutritious foods. This paper presents a qualitative case study of Buffalo, New York, based on open-ended interviews with refugees originating from Burma, local government officials, and representatives from civil-society groups. The results suggest that resettlement cities may create food inequities for refugees from Burma, but that civic and social networks help refugees to adapt to their new food environments. Local government eff orts are lagging in planning for and with refugee communities. We conclude with suggestions for how local governments and researchers can promote food equity for resettled residents.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2017
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