‘Food For All’ invites West Virginians to challenge hunger

BUCKHANNON — A public summit is planned in Buckhannon to address the problem of hunger in West Virginia.

A coalition of individuals and organizations is coming together to host Food For All: 5 Bold Ideas to Challenge Hunger in West Virginia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Event Center at Brushy Fork near Buckhannon. The coalition of partners would like to invite the West Virginia community to attend the summit.

“This event is for those already fighting against hunger in West Virginia, but also for those who see the struggles in their community and want to join the efforts. Food for All is an opportunity to work toward five bold ideas that secures food access and equity for our communities. Food for all is an opportunity to join an action team and make a difference,” organizers said.

One in seven West Virginians and one in five West Virginia children struggle with hunger, officials said. Children rely on the generosity of the community to provide a backpack of food for the weekend. Senior citizens choose between their prescriptions and food.

“Those fighting to feed a family, members of the community, school children, senior citizens, veterans, or the disabled know that the generosity of others is not enough,” organizers said in a press release. “Food insecurity is a policy issue.”

A coalition of individuals and organizations is coming together to host Food For All: 5 Bold Ideas to Challenge Hunger in WV on Nov. 13 at the Event Center at Brushy Fork near Buckhannon. The coalition of partners would like to invite the West Virginia community to attend the summit.

Those wishing to attend can RSVP online at http://wvfoodanfarm.org/FoodForAll.

Partnering organizations include the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, West Virginia Food Justice Lab, American Friends Service Committee, Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition.

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition was launched by the West Virginia Community Development Hub in August 2010. Beginning in 2010, West Virginia communities contacted the Hub requesting food and farm information and resources. It soon became clear that to shape the economic landscape of local food would require resource and information sharing between individuals, farmers, governmental agencies, and businesses. At that time, limited communication and organization meant that divisions existed among communities and service organizations that hampered the development of the local food sector.

Given this gap and these divisions, the West Virginia Community Development Hub convened over 25 food-focused agencies and organizations to identify the need and shape the basis for a new initiative to be called The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition.

The Coalition provides leadership to the local food and farm sector across the state of West Virginia by building a strong network equipped to grow food and farm business, promote access to local foods, share resources, as well as to map and connect the local food sector, change agricultural policy, and tell West Virginia’s food and farm story statewide.

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