The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition’s Food Access Working Group is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support the creation or expansion of a mobile market to increase access to healthy, local food for West Virginia residents living in limited access areas in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Working Group has $4600 in funds available to support one project that combine innovation, collaboration and education with a mobile market to directly serve limited resource families. Organizations must be located and serve populations in the Mid-Ohio Valley, which includes Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood counties
Proposal Submission and Selection Schedule:
Friday, November 28th: Notification of Intent
Friday, January 9th: Full proposal due
Friday, January 16th: Announcement of award
Friday, January 30th: Funds released
For complete instructions and proposal details, download the complete RFP here.
The purpose of this RFP is to support projects that address Goal 3 of the Roadmap for the Food Economy (“The public consumes healthy local food at a household level”) by addressing the transportation barrier many limited income residents face when it comes to accessing healthy, local food. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, 2.3 million low-income households do not have access to a vehicle and live more than a mile from the closest supermarket. Individuals in these households face both financial and transportation barriers to getting healthy, nutritious foods for their families. Areas where residents struggle the most with food access are known as food deserts.
Mobile markets are being established all over the country to address limited food access in food deserts. Each “mobile market” offers a different menu of services, but in general, they are all geared toward increasing access to healthy, local foods. Download the full RFP for a list of example markets.
All applications must include some type of delivery system that addresses limited food access in at least 1 WV community, which can be defined as a neighborhood, county or specific geographic area. This grant is only open to organizations with 501(c)(3) status, however, if you are an organization that operates like a nonprofit, but has no 501(c)(3) designation, contact us, as you may be eligible. Organizations must be located in the Mid-Ohio Valley to be eligible. Those counties include: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood.
All projects must include delivery of local foods to individuals with limited resources. Those projects that are able to address priority areas outlined below will be given priority.
For complete instructions and proposal details, download the entire RFP here.
Funding for this project is graciously provided by the Sisters of St Joseph Charitable Fund.