WV FOODLINK is a project of the Food Justice Laboratory housed in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. In collaboration with our community partners we have developed a resource hub and learning commons to support a people centered, resilient food network in West Virginia.
Our work is motivated by a vision that all people must have access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food in sufficient quantity and quality to sustain a healthy life with human dignity. Today, many West Virginians face critical challenges in meeting their basic nutritional needs. A variety of organizations work to address this issue from different angles from food charities to state government programs, social entrepreneurs and nutrition advocates to specialty crop producers. WV FOODLINK serves as an information center for these many different groups and is used by program directors, social workers, policy makers.
WV FOODLINK is a product of our partnerships. Our current partners include Facing Hunger Food Bank, Mountaineer Food Bank, WV Food and Farm Coalition, WV Center for Budget and Policy, American Friends Service Committee, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Sprouting Farms, Turnrow Farm Collective, as well as county-level anti-hunger coalitions throughout the state of West Virginia.
WV FOODLINK is currently supported by grants from Mazon and WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program (SNAP-Ed). Seed funding for WV FOODLINK came from a Public Service Award from West Virginia University in 2013 and the Benedum Foundation in 2014.