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Local Foods, Local Places Program in Appalachian Communities

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Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Feb 9, 2024

Local Foods, Local Places provides direct technical assistance to Appalachian communities to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote wellness.

Selected communities will receive planning assistance that centers around a 2-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization.

Local Foods, Local Places communities will:

  • Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods
  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations

Past projects have included:

  • Opening year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers
  • Planning cooperative grocery stores and other food access options to help revitalize small-town main streets
  • Creating centrally located community kitchens or food hubs to aggregate and market local foods
  • Starting business incubators to help entrepreneurs launch food-related businesses on main streets
  • Making it easier for people to walk or bicycle to farmers markets, food cooperatives, and local restaurants
  • Helping school children connect with nature by learning to grow their own food
  • Making healthy local food accessible to families, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits
  • Developing community gardens in walkable, transit-accessible places

Eligible applicants within the Appalachian Regional Commission service area include local governments, Tribes, nonprofit institutions, and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size.

Geographic coverage
Counties within the Appalachian Regional Commission service area
Amount of funding

This program will provide technical assistance in the form of a 2-day community workshop and follow-up.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online application are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Networking and collaboration · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Alabama · Georgia · Kentucky · Maryland · Mississippi · New York · North Carolina · Ohio · Pennsylvania · South Carolina · Tennessee · Virginia · West Virginia

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