Part of the Food Policy Snapshot Series
Food Policy: Popular Restaurants (People’s Restaurants)
Overview: The Popular Restaurant initiative was created by the Belo Horizonte city government and aims to end food insecurity among city residents. Popular Restaurants, or “People’s Restaurants,” are government-supported restaurants that offer cheap (1 USD or less), healthy and balanced meals made with local ingredients. They are open to all Belo Horizonte residents. To support local farms, the city government purchases Popular Restaurant ingredients from local family-farms at subsidized prices.
Food policy category: Social and Economic Equity; Food Security; Sustainable Agriculture
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Program/Policy Initiated: 1994
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Point of Contact: Marcelo Lana Franco, Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition Assistance
Email: [email protected]
Similar practices: Other cities in Brazil are now attempting to replicate this program.