Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a membership based grassroots organization in Appalachian Ohio. The mission of CFI is to support a local food movement that expands fair access to fresh and nutritious foods for all people in our region.
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.
In 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 2012 Annual Report
CFI’s Three Program Areas – Community Gardens and Educational Workshops, the Donation Station and School Garden support.
CFI Staff – Mary Nally, Executive Director; Erik Peterson, Donation Station Program Director; Badger Johnson, AmeriCorps/ComCorps Service Member for Community Garden and Workshop Coordinator; Jenn Thompson, AmeriCorps/ComCorps Service Member for Donation Station; Nicole Shanks, AmeriCorps/ComCorps Service Member for Farm to Cafeteria (Discovery Garden, Discovery Kitchen)
CFI Board of Directors – Tom Redfern, President; Maureen Burns-Hooker, Vice-President & Secretary; Nancy Pierce, Treasurer; Greg Broadhurst; Lee Gregg; Milena Miller; Barbara Fisher; Don Shamblin; Penny Shelton; Natalie Woodroofe.
To recommend someone for the Board, complete the CFI Board Recommendation Form and return to email@example.com or 94 Columbus Rd. Athens OH 45701
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
We are located in the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) in Building C.