State unveils Virginia Food Access Network

At the final meeting of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide recently, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia Food Access Network. The website is an interactive tool to connect partners and share resources to end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen the local food system.

VFAN is committed to “bringing together state agencies, national, regional, and local nonprofits, local governments, schools, and private businesses with data sharing, research and resources," according to state officials.

Every community across the commonwealth is affected by childhood hunger, and one in six children in Virginia aren’t sure where their next meal is going to come from, state data shows.

“Together, with the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, we have worked to align our efforts to increase healthy food access, eliminate child hunger, and accelerate the efforts of dedicated partners from across the state,” McAuliffe said. “Through the Virginia Food Access Network, there is now unprecedented access to the data and resources stakeholders need to identify gaps and maximize impact to better serve Virginians struggling with food access and hunger.”

In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe established the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide by executive order to address childhood hunger in the state. The program promotes Virginia’s agriculture economy and facilitates local initiatives related to community nutrition food access and health strategies and programs.

The VFAN website was built by the College of William and Mary Center for Geospatial Analysis and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The website will be hosted by the Virginia Cooperative extension program and may be viewed at http://www.vfan.org.

Resources on the website include locations of organizations such as farmers' markets, food pantries and more. There also are interactive maps online that have data about childhood hunger, health outcomes and access to nutrition.

Anyone who wants to get involved may send an email or sign up to join the Virginia Food Community on the VFAN website.
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READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people


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Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

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