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The Appalachian Foodshed Project Awards Community Enhancement Grants in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia


May 9, 2014


For immediate release


Blacksburg, Virginia-- The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) has awarded grants to 9 community projects that seek to enhance community food security in West Virginia and the Appalachian region of North Carolina and Virginia. Funded projects are building on the work that is already happening in the region, while increasing access to local fresh foods, creating new opportunities for collaboration, and building capacity for advocacy and action.


"These projects all address community food security in some capacity and are wonderful examples of the creative food systems work in our region. We are excited to support efforts that truly embody the innovative spirit of Appalachia," said AFP director Susan Clark.


According to AFP stakeholders, community food security involves:

  • Ensuring that healthy food is accessible and available to all community members

  • Empowering communities to determine where/how to focus work for food system change

  • Cultivating ecologically and financially sustainable agriculture

  • Balancing food security and farm security

  • Engaging youth and young people

  • Fostering a healthier community

  • Working for justice and equity


A total of $56,000 was awarded to projects in the three-state region:

North Carolina

Bountiful Cities Apprenticeship Program

Lead Organization: Bountiful Cities

Counties Represented: Buncombe



WNC Youth-Led Food Access Project

Lead Organization: Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)

Counties Represented: Buncombe, Cherokee, Graham, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Yancey



Toe River Food Security Network. Changing Collaboration.

Lead Organization: Toe River Food Security Advisory Team

Counties Represented: Avery, Mitchell, Yancey


West Virginia:

Alderson Community "Food Access for All"

Lead Organization: Alderson Community Food HUB

Counties Represented: Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers



SAGE, or Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs

Lead Organization: CADCO Foundation dba the Charleston Area Alliance
Counties Represented: Kanawha


Farm to Pantry Matching Program

Lead Organization: Monongalia County Family Resource Center

Counties Represented: Monongalia, Preston, Marion



Regional Food System Council: Strategic Planning to Enhance Development & Organization

Lead Organization: Appalachian Virginia Food System Council

Counties Represented: All Appalachian Counties within Virginia; Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe



Healthy Food Production By, and For, Food-Insecure Rural Families

Lead Organization: Grayson LandCare, Inc.

List Counties Represented: Grayson County



Putting Local Food to Work: A Community Kitchen in Prices Fork

Lead Organization: New River Valley Planning District Commission

List Counties Represented: Montgomery, Pulaski, Giles, Floyd



The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is a collaborative effort among community-based organizations, three universities (Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, North Carolina State University) and Cooperative Extension in West Virginia, and the Appalachian regions of North Carolina and Virginia. The AFP's mission is to help create a place-based food system that is resilient, accessible, affordable, and healthy for Appalachian communities. This USDA funded initiative aims to facilitate a network of organizations and individuals working to address issues of community development, economic viability, health, nutrition, food access, social justice, and agriculture in western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. To learn more, visit

For more information, contact:

Susan Clark, Director, Virginia state lead, (540) 231-8768

Cheryl Brown, Co-Director, West Virginia state lead, (304) 293-5461

Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, Co-Director, North Carolina state lead, (919) 513-0085

Nikki D'Adamo-Damery, Deputy-Director, (540) 231-2264