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Local Foods, Local Places


See how community members in Williamson, West Virginia, used a health care center and local foods to anchor their downtown redevelopment efforts.
See how community members in Corbin, Kentucky, used local foods to revitalize their downtown, helping to reduce the vacancy rate from 40 percent to 5 percent.

Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. In 2017, the program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  The Northern Border Regional Commission will join as a sponsor in 2018.

Local Foods, Local Places supports locally led, community-driven efforts to protect air and water quality, preserve open space and farmland, boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote childhood wellness.

Through Local Foods, Local Places, partner communities have worked on projects such as:

  • Opening year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers.
  • Planning cooperative grocery stores 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 and local restaurants.
  • Helping schoolchildren to grow their own food, and making healthy local food accessible to families, including via SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.
  • Developing community gardens in walkable, transit-accessible places.

In selecting Local Foods, Local Places partner communities, special consideration is given to communities in the early stages of developing local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities.

Local Foods, Local Places builds on the ARC-EPA-USDA Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership, which worked to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food in Appalachian towns and rural communities.

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2018-2019 Call for Applications

The application period for the 2018-2019 round of assistance closed on October 22, 2018, and is available here for reference only.

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Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit

Based on the best practices and lessons learned from Local Foods, Local Places workshops, EPA developed the Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting a community workshop and includes case studies and templates communities can adapt to their needs.

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Community Stories

Learn about some of the communities that have hosted Local Foods, Local Places workshops.

Story Map

  • See the Community Stories map (link will open in a new window or tab) to learn about how Williamson, West Virginia, used Local Foods, Local Places and other EPA assistance to develop strategies to drive downtown revitalization using local foods and health facilities.


  • Harlan, Kentucky: Listen to this podcast to learn how Harlan's participation in Local Foods, Local Places is helping the town grow its local food economy and revitalize downtown.

Case Studies


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  • Corbin, Kentucky: See how community members in Corbin used local foods to revitalize their downtown, helping to reduce the vacancy rate from 40 percent to 5 percent.
  • Rainelle, West Virginia: See how Rainelle is using Local Foods, Local Places assistance to build a robust local food economy, revitalize downtown, and bring hope and health to community members while recovering from floods that devastated the community in the summer of 2016.
  • Williamson, West Virginia: See how community members in Williamson used a health care center and local foods to anchor their downtown redevelopment efforts.

Photo Essays From Local Foods, Local Places Workshops

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2017 Local Foods, Local Places Summit

In 2017, EPA and its federal partners brought together representatives from 33 of the 90 communities served through LFLP (and its predecessor, Livable Communities in Appalachia) to discuss their successes and challenges with different local food and community development approaches. This summary, Lessons from Community Leaders on Using Local Foods to Revitalize Downtowns, shares the experiences of the communities participating in the summit more broadly and is useful for LFLP communities that could not attend the summit as well as other places looking for advice on starting and maintaining local food and revitalization projects.

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Partner Communities

2018 Partner Communities

Local Foods, Local Places is working with 16 partner communities in 2018:

  • Action Communication and Education Reform (Duck Hill, Mississippi)
  • Alaska Food Policy Council (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • City of McCrory, Arkansas
  • City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Delaware Nation (Anadarko, Oklahoma)
  • Engine (Biddeford, Maine)
  • Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority (Helena, Arkansas)
  • Hindman Settlement School (Hindman, Kentucky)
  • Hopewell Downtown Partnership (Hopewell, Virginia)
  • Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (North Charleston, South Carolina)
  • New Mexico State University (Farmington, New Mexico)
  • Restoration154/Foundation154 (Elba, Alabama)
  • Seven Valleys Health Coalition (Cortland, New York)
  • Sustainable Economic Development Task Force of Indiana County (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
  • The Volunteer Center of Grant County (Silver City, New Mexico)

Read the Summary Report on 2018 Communities describing the projects these communities will undertake.

Read the May 23, 2018, press release: Trump Administration Announces Assistance to Support Community Revitalization through Local Food Enterprises

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2017 Partner Communities

Local Foods, Local Places worked with 24 partner communities in 2017:

  • Bridgeport Food Policy Council (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • Christian County/Hopkinsville Development Corporation (Hopkinsville, Kentucky)
  • City of Graham, North Carolina
  • City of Martinsville, Virginia
  • City of Nampa, Idaho
  • The Clinton County Cooperative Extension Service (Albany, Kentucky)
  • Detroit Public Schools (Detroit, Michigan)
  • DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission (Henderson, North Carolina)
  • Humboldt Chamber of Commerce (Humboldt, Tennessee)
  • Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (Jamestown, New York)
  • Local Foods Coalition (Alamosa, Colorado)
  • Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (Tallulah, Louisiana)
  • Mariposa Community Health Center (Nogales, Arizona)
  • McComb Economic Development Organization (McComb, Ohio)
  • Mountain Comprehensive Health Organization (Harlan, Kentucky)
  • Municipality of Coamo, Puerto Rico
  • Nez Perce Tribe (Lapwai, Idaho)
  • North Coast Opportunities (Ukiah, California)
  • Nuestras Raices (Holyoke, Massachusetts)
  • West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (Appleton City, Missouri)
  • West Virginia Community Development Hub (Whitesville, West Virginia)
  • Village of Greenwich, New York
  • Working in Neighborhoods (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Read the Update on 2017 Communities describing these projects.

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2016 Partner Communities

Local Foods, Local Places worked with 27 partner communities in 2016:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bessemer, Alabama
  • Christiansburg, Virginia
  • Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Crisfield, Maryland
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fresno, California
  • Gainesville, Missouri
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Henderson, Nevada
  • High Point, North Carolina
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Keeseville, New York
  • Lake Village, Arkansas
  • Martin, Tennessee
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Middlesboro, Kentucky
  • Mission, South Dakota
  • Palmer, Alaska
  • Passaic, New Jersey
  • Rainelle, West Virginia
  • Walterboro, South Carolina
  • Winder, Georgia

Learn more about the 2016 partner communities:

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2015 Partner Communities

Local Foods, Local Places worked with 26 partner communities in 2015:

  • Ajo, Arizona
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Barbourville, Kentucky
  • Canton, New York
  • Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Fallon, Nevada
  • Flippin, Arkansas
  • Forest County, Pennsylvania
  • Hazard, Kentucky
  • Idabel – Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma
  • Itta Bena, Mississippi
  • Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Loyal, Wisconsin
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Osceola, Arkansas
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Tracy City, Tennessee
  • Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Unity, Maine
  • Vinton, Texas
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Williamson, West Virginia
  • Youngstown, Ohio

Learn more about the 2015 partner communities:

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