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 Appalachian 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. Please include your phone number in the “instructions for seller” section when you are directed to PayPal. We will never share or sell your personal information!
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 2013 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; Jess Chadwell, Community Garden Coordinator; Jenn Thompson, Donation Station and Discovery Kitchen Coordinator; Mike McTernan, School Garden Coordinator; Dave Holtkamp, Community Engagement Coordinator
CFI Board of Directors – Tom Redfern, President; Nancy Pierce, Treasurer; Lee Gregg; Barbara Fisher; Don Shamblin; Penny Shelton; Ruth Dudding; Kira Slepchenko; Lori Gromen; Ann Brown and Sarah Conley-Ballew.
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.