Nourishing Networks is a training program designed to unlock the potential of collaborative healthy food access policy initiatives to address disparities at the county and city-scale in WV.
Our program brings together state and county agencies, extension agents, market actors, charitable agencies, social workers, farmers, gardeners and other community food workers to learn how to understand the effects of food policy, develop evidence-based plans and put them into action. The Food Justice Lab provides comprehensive data, analysis, facilitation, and technical support to workshop participations and county-level food action teams. We then provide accelerator funding to get new projects off of the ground and support fundraising to sustain those healthy food access initiatives. We currently have Nourishing Network plans and action teams in Wayne, Fayette, and Logan counties with Calhoun, Wood, and Pocahontas forthcoming. We are also experimenting with the development of city-scale teams and projects in Morgantown and Fairmont.