Public Reports

Most of our projects do not result in publicly accessible reports, but here are a few that we can share. Our written content, graphics and illustrations are copyrighted. If you would like to use our work in a way other than viewing or citing it, please inquire about licensing permission.
May 5, 2020


COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT DISRUPTION & MISSING MEAL ANALYSIS UPDATE at a Granular Level Across Florida  Feeding Florida commissioned Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group (MG) – a firm with expertise in hunger, the economy, and statistical models – to conduct a COVID-19 employment disruption analysis at small geographic units across Florida as a pathway to understand and address the additional need for […]
May 4, 2020


FLORIDA COUNTY MAPS & MAP GUIDE: COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT DISRUPTION & MISSING MEALS MG created HIGH RESOLUTION maps for every Florida county. Maps detail employment disruption, missing meals resulting from COVID-19, total pre-and-post pandemic missing meals, and other conditions.  Maps are large in file size, and each viewer’s display quality depends on the PDF software used for viewing. Older PDF software might […]
March 6, 2020

THE MEAL DEFICIT METRIC PROJECT: Measuring Missing Meals at a Granular Level Across Florida

February 20, 2020

TEDxWindyCity — Mari Gallagher — Food Deserts

February 20, 2020

Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago

“Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago” demonstrates that where you live makes a real difference to where you can buy food and, indirectly, the quality of that food. The report explains exactly how opportunities and risks vary by neighborhood. But it doesn’t stop there. It also shows important differences between neighborhoods in the “balance” of […]
July 10, 2016

Food Access, Community Health, & Economic Prosperity Across Florida

Commissioner Adam Putnam of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has made these issues multi-year priorities, and all of us at MG are thrilled to support their innovative efforts, which include online data and mapping tools. Additionally, our 2014 analysis of the relationship between food access and diet-related deaths across Florida is now available to the public. Learn […]
July 5, 2016

Food, Health, and School Children’s Performance in Rural Iowa

MG had the pleasure of working closely with community leaders on a project sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and the United Way of Wapello County to assess – block-by-block – the impact of the food environment on community health and on school children’s academic performance. We found statistically significant associations between distances to fringe and mainstream retailers and […]
July 2, 2016

Food Access and Hunger as Healthcare Issues – ProMedica

The MG team has been supporting ProMedica, a locally managed, nonprofit healthcare organization serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Our work includes a block-by-block food-and-health study of Toledo, Ohio, to help ProMedica and its Ebeid Institute for Population Health identify a high-impact location for its nonprofit grocery store. We also have assisted ProMedica with its business plan and community engagement […]
July 12, 2015

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation – Boston

MG supported this cutting edge community development corporation with a feasibility assessment of Bartlett Place, an innovative mixed-use residential and retail redevelopment project located on an approximately 8.59-acre brownfield site in Roxbury, MA. The project is moving along! Learn more.
July 11, 2015

Harvest Co-op Markets – Boston

MG regularly assists Harvest Co-op – a community-owned grocery store – with feasibility assessments for multiple sites in the larger Boston area. Harvest is committed to building a vibrant community and healthier world by selling natural and organic food and by educating and supporting its diverse membership base. Learn more.
July 10, 2015

Food Desert and Food Balance Fact Sheet

In some communities, healthy food is hard to find. Learn how the lack of access to mainstream food options might be linked to obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases and conditions. Get the facts in our Community Fact Sheet! Download Attachments Food Desert and Food Balance Fact Sheet File size: 6 MB Downloads: 5794
October 9, 2012

Green Grocer Plans for Robins, Illinois

MG has been supporting DM Group Associates with a feasibility assessment for an energy efficient supermarket and a shopping center in Robbins, IL. The project would bring 200 jobs and fresh groceries to one of the poorest communities in Illinois. Stay tuned for more information.
September 15, 2012

Grass-fed Beef Survey – WellSpring Management

MG conducted an extensive survey across 6 states on opinions and practices concerning the consumption of meat, particularly grass-fed beef. The project was part of a larger effort of WellSpring Management, which focuses on locally grown foods and overall environmental practices that protect and sustain the planet.
August 29, 2012

Food & Health In Washington DC

In many areas, the D.C. food environment presents a serious health and wellness challenge to the city’s most vulnerable residents. This was demonstrated through a block-level study assessing the impact of the local D.C. food environment on public health by Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group. The study found that 88% of the over 520 food retailers are unhealthy “fringe” […]
April 18, 2012

Response to “Studies Question Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity” – New York Times, April 18, 2012, pp. A1 and A3

The April 18th Times article on recent studies examining the link between “food deserts” and childhood obesity leaves the impression that food access does not matter in combating this epidemic. Our firm popularized the term “food desert” in the U.S. with the release of Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago (2006). We found strong relationships […]
November 21, 2011

The Chicago 2011 Food Desert Drilldown, 5th Anniversary Edition – October 2011

The full Drilldown provides never-before-released data and tables detailing the Food Desert population, as well as maps featuring community names, street identifiers, and aldermanic ward numbers. It also includes SNAP redemption figures and a message from Mari Gallagher that addresses the need to enforce current SNAP standards and raise them in the next Farm Bill. You might find a few […]
November 7, 2011

Food & Health in Hamilton County, Ohio – June 2011

Food & Health is a technical report on conditions in Hamilton County, a 407 square mile area in Ohio that includes Cincinnati and 47 additional political jurisdictions. We quantified food access block-by-block and assessed its statistical link to diet-related health outcomes. The report provides data that can help formulate action plans and prioritize strategies. Details include the impact of the […]
October 23, 2011

Co-op Grocer Keynote, San Diego – now available

Mari Gallagher was the keynote for the 55th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association’s national conference, recently held at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California. Her speech to 450 grocery co-op leaders from around the country was described as inspiring, informative, lively, and moving. Missed the keynote? Watch the video. Download Attachments San Diego Keynote evaluations File size: 99 […]
September 29, 2011

2011 Philabundance Hunger Symposium Keynote, Philadelphia – now available

Listen to Mari, Philabundance Executive Director Bill Clark, and urban farmer Jade Walker on Marty Moss-Coane’s WHYY Radio show. Download Attachments Pictures from the Funder Reception and Symposium File size: 992 KB Downloads: 884
June 27, 2011

The Chicago Food Desert Progress Report – June 2011

Our original 2006 study, which included a statistical analysis linking the Food Desert to more diet-related death, was updated in 2008 (released in 2009), 2010, and now in 2011 (the document available below). The updates track the Food Desert boundaries and related demographic data. From 2010 to 2011, the Chicago Food Desert contracted from about 64 to 55 square miles […]