Farm to Institution to School – Healthy Food Access in Central Appalachia
The Central Appalachian Network (CAN) and its partners have been working to improve access to healthy food for individuals and families in the Central Appalachian region through local initiatives in their communities. Over the past year, six of these healthy food access initiatives have been published as case studies through a partnership between CAN and the Appalachia Funders Network. CAN worked with Alexandria Polanosky, a visual storyteller, to create short videos highlighting the majority of the healthy food access case study. The summary video for all the healthy food access case studies can be found here.
The fourth of these healthy food access case studies is Farm to Institution to School, a program of Rural Action, ACEnet, Hocking College, and the Southeast Ohio Food Bank. The Farm to School to Institution brings local, fresh produce from the local farmers market to schools, using the local food bank and college to process and store the produce. Read more about the Farm to Institution to School program in the full case study found here.
Watch the video below to see how the Farm to Institution to School program is providing fresh, local produce to students in Southeast Ohio.