Funded through the USDA's Agriculture, Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) grants program. Award Number: 2011-68004-30079

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Grant Summary

NIFA-AFRI Food Security Grant

The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is funded by a 5-year USDA Food Security Grant. Coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and West Virginia University, the project envisions A place-based food system that is resilient, accessible, affordable, and healthy for Appalachian communities.

In working towards this vision, AFP is committed to engaging stakeholders, service providers, community workers, researchers, producers, and organizations involved in food systems work in western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia.

The grant has four major objectives:

  1. Create a place-based foodshed model with special emphasis on food accessibility and affordability;
  2. Design and implement participatory community food security assessments;
  3. Develop, implement, and expand food system/ food security programs and curriculum; and
  4. Implement a comprehensive, community-based evaluation of “Foodshed Security”.


Specific activities include:

The Appalachian Foodshed Project is guided by community participants. For more information, or to find out how you can be involved, contact Nikki D'Adamo-Damery (