Learning Together

WV FOODLINK works to improve access to healthy food by accompanying communities as they build grassroots capacity for food system change. Here we share news, reports, and partner profiles that inspire our work and provide new insights on creating innovative community food strategies.

Working with Wetzel

On February 2nd, 2018, WV FOODLINK hosted a Healthy Food Access planning workshop in Wetzel County WV.
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Conversation with Calhoun

On October 27th, 2017, WV FOODLINK hosted a Healthy Food Access planning workshop in Calhoun County WV with WVU Extension.
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Learning in Logan

On July 14, 2017, WV FOODLINK hosted its third Healthy Food Access planning workshop in Logan County WV.
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Making Friends in Fayette

On May 2nd 2017, WV FOODLINK hosted its second Healthy Food Access planning workshop in Fayette County WV with WVU Extension.
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Working It Out Wayne

On April 21st 2017, WV FOODLINK and WVU Extension hosted its first Healthy Food Access planning workshop in Wayne County WV.
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The State of Food Access in WV

In this 2016 report WV FOODLINK explores a range of community based strategies to improve healthy food access in the Mountain State.
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Policy Brief: Do SNAP Work Requirements Improve Food Security?

In 2016, DHHR implemented work-requirements for SNAP recipients in a pilot program among the 9 WV counties with the lowest unemployment rates. In an analysis of DHHR records and our own food banking data, WV FOODLINK found that work requirements ended up costing the state nearly one million dollars and significantly increased the burden on charitable food agencies.

Inside Appalachia: What Happens When Walmart Closes in One Coal Community?

Eating your fruits and veggies is good for you, but it’s not always an easy choice. On this episode, we explore some of the challenges, choices, and barriers to eating healthy. Sometimes it’s the cost, or poor choices, sometimes it’s limited access because they live in what’s called a food desert.

NPR: Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

Forty-four percent of people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have at least one person in the family working. And when it comes to families on SNAP with kids, a majority — 55 percent — are bringing home wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on.

Huffington Post: Revenge of the Lunch Lady

How an unassuming bureaucrat outsmarted Jamie Oliver and pulled off an honest-to-god miracle in one of America's unhealthiest cities.

Inside Appalachia: What Would You Do if Your Grocery Store Disappeared?

In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

NPR: In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

What is the Food Justice Lab?

(Video) Dr. Bradley Wilson tells the Daily Atheneum about the work of the Food Justice Lab in this short video.
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