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Community Food Initiatives (CFI) believes that everyone deserves equal access to fresh healthy food — food that is grown locally in the region. We are a membership-based grassroots organization working in Appalachia Ohio.

Our initiatives assist individuals and families to grow food, develop cooking skills, and reduce their health risks by eating whole foods. Our work is supported by regional farmers and food producers, partnering non-profits, local government and foundations.

All donations are tax deductible, and you don’t need to have a PayPal account.

Southside Carriage Hill radish harvestIn Athens County according to Job and Family Services, 34.7% of individuals live below the poverty line, as compared to 15.1% in Ohio and 14.3% in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.2% of Athens County adults are obese compared to 29.2% of Ohioans. Research increasingly shows that high rates of poverty and food insecurity correlate with negative health impacts such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. By sharing the knowledge to grow and prepare fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and wholesome foods, people become prepared to feed their families, improve their health and their community.Click here to see CFI 2014 Annual Report

CFI’s Three Program Areas – Community Garden Programs, School Gardens and the Donation Station.

CFI Staff – Mary Nally, Executive Director; Andrea Reany, Donation Station Program Director; Jess Chadwell,  Community Garden Coordinator; Bekky Hobson, Donation Station and Discovery Kitchen Coordinator; Keith Wilde, School Garden Coordinator

CFI Board of Directors – Barbara Fisher, President; Sarah Conley-Ballew, Vice President; Nancy Pierce, Treasurer; Lori Gromen, Secretary; Lee Gregg; Tom Redfern; Don Shamblin; Penny Shelton; Ruth Dudding; Kira Slepchenko.

Membership­ – It takes a community to make a difference. Our members support our work, helping us maintain and grow our efforts. To become a member, click here.

We are located at 94 Columbus Road, Athens Ohio 45701

Telephone: 740-593-5971

Email: cfi@communityfoodinitiatives.org

We are located in the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) in Building C.


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