Local Foods, Local Places
Local Foods, Local Places is a program supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Together, the agencies are investing $800,000 in the Local Foods, Local Places program, which aims to:
- Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and foster entrepreneurship;
- Improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and
- Revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and by providing people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.
From June 9 to July 15, 2014, communities were invited to apply to Local Foods, Local Places, for direct technical support to develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. (Read the announcement.) On December 3, 2014, 26 communities were selected:
Special consideration was given to communities that are in the early stages of developing or restoring local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Selected communities in Appalachia and the Delta region are also eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement those plans.
Read the press release.
Read the blog post from the White House Rural Council.
Local Foods, Local Places builds on the ARC-EPA-USDA Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership, which works to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food in Appalachian towns and rural communities.