Partners & Allies

The WVU Center for Resilient Communities is housed
in the Department of Geology and Geography in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The Center collaborates with faculty, students and community based organizations to address pressing problems in food, health, environment and economic development. The aim of the center is to cultivate a diverse network of grassroots leaders, scholars and students who are committed to advancing just, equitable and resilient communities in West Virginia and around the world.

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The West Virginia Food for All Coalition is a grassroots coalition of anti-poverty, anti-hunger, and community food security advocates organizing to reshape food and nutrition assistance policies at the local, state and federal level. Stakeholders include regional food banks and their network of 550 food charities, the WV Food and Farm Coalition, The WV Center on Budget and Policy, American Friends Service Committee, and Rattle the Windows.

Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective brings the largest specialty crop food producers in the region under one roof including, Sprouting Farms, New Roots Community Farm, Refresh Appalachia, Grow Ohio Valley, Paradise Farms, and many others. Turnrow develops aggregation and distribution partnerships across the state bringing disparate food hubs together to cooperatively expand their efforts to improve access to healthy food and build community wealth through agro-ecological practices in Central Appalachia.

WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program engages communities across West Virginia through nutrition outreach instructors, health educators and extension agents to advance food policy, systems and environment change. They work with limited resource adults living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level and youths at schools, groups or summer camps where more than 50% of participants are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program.

The Global Solidarity Alliance for Food, Health and Social Justice is an international alliance of food bank and charitable food system workers, researchers and public policy advocates building collective strategies to advance the human right to food in “rich but unequal countries”.

FIRSTHAND Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee company located in the heart of Appalachia. Inspired by the principles of the fair trade movement, FIRSTHAND connects producers and consumers in mountain communities through their fair share guarantee. This commitment to mutual aid and a vision for a solidarity economy along coffee supply chains supports social enterprise development and transnational social movemens for food sovereignty.