Successful Models Improving Food Access & Health

The joint Food & Ag Systems Working Group between the Appalachia Funders Network and the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) worked together to conduct and publish six case studies of projects at the intersection of food access and health. Several members of the Network funded the work to document and highlight lessons from innovative projects around the region, and CAN conducted and compiled the case studies. Read on for a summary video and all six case studies.


Berea Kids Eat

Grow Appalachia and Berea College brought together a summer kids feeding program that now is operating year-round to address children's food security challenges in and around Berea, KY.

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Chefs in Schools

Community Farm Alliance partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to expand their Chefs in Schools Program to four additional Eastern Kentucky counties. The program helps equip schools and kitchen staff with the right tools and know-how to feed students more fresh meals. 

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Community Farm Alliance, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, and the University of Kentucky all contributed to a program to give vegetable prescriptions redeemed at local farmers markets in Eastern Kentucky.

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Farm to Institution to School

Rural Action, Hocking College, the Southeast Ohio Food Bank, and ACEnet all collaborated to provide fresh, local produce to schools in Southeast Ohio in a unique partnership that provided a win-win for culinary students and school lunch programs.

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Healthy Families - Family Farms

Appalachian Sustainable Development leads a program that purchases “seconds” produce from local farmers and, in turn, donates it to area food banks and food pantries.

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My Mobile Market

My Mobile Market Case Study

The Williamson Health & Wellness Center and the Williamson Farmers Market work together to purchase excess produce from local farmers and transport it to be sold in low-income housing, senior centers and other communities where options for both fresh produce and transportation are limited.

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