Innovative Methods for Delivering Fresh Foods to Underserved Populations

This study aims to develop a last-mile fresh food delivery system for individuals in underserved communities with food deserts in the City of Baltimore. The study pioneers in applying state-of-the-art city logistics modeling experiences to improve access to fresh foods. It focuses on the equity role that the last-mile delivery network model can play as well as appropriate business models for building a self-sustainable public-private partnership program. Models will be developed for analyzing and optimizing various alternatives for home deliveries. The developed system’s sensitivities to various pricing and policy alternatives are explored, followed by a case study. These will generate policy suggestions for a larger-scale pilot and, ultimately, implementation in a Year 2 study. This study is intended to go beyond building a prototype. In consultation with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and other public agencies, the project team envisions developing a fully implementable model.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $139489
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Morgan State University

      1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
      Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251

      University of Maryland, College Park

      3112 Lee Building
      College Park, MD  United States  20742

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      U.S. Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Urban Mobility and Equity Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      Urban Mobility and Equity Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
    • Principal Investigators:

      Shin, Hyeon-Shic

      Lee, Young-Jae

      Schonfeld, Paul

    • Start Date: 20180102
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01651390
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Urban Mobility and Equity Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A43351747123
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 21 2017 2:16PM