To combat food insecurity, some programs work to fill gaps in federal food assistance programs, while others are getting creative with food systems and supporting local farmers. All of them are making a difference in the fight against hunger, and all face challenges.
Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council has used a variety of programs to connect low-income residents in six East Tennessee counties with healthy food while supporting local farmers.
Community Food Initiatives provides fresh, local produce and gardening programs to Athens County in Southeast Ohio and the surrounding area.
Many communities across Appalachia have programs that extend the purchasing power of federal food stamps for locally grown food.
Appalachian Sustainable Development works to strengthen the local agricultural economy, increase food access and decrease food waste in parts of Tennessee and Virginia.
This Huntington, W.Va.,-based organization distributed more than 7.4 million pounds of food to 116,000 people in three states in 2018, and deploys mobile food pantries to areas without access to fresh produce.
Appalachia’s donation-based cafes offer delicious, healthy food to diners and volunteers regardless of their ability to pay.
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