West Virginia

Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA) is using HFFI financing to develop the Paradise Farms and Food Hub, forming a central location for the focus of healthy food choices on the west side of Charleston, West Virginia. The Food Hub will address the conditions of a food desert in this community by introducing the production and sales of healthy foods. Complementary aspects of this project will include the provision of healthy plates to children at area schools and childcare centers, locally made products derived from fresh goods, and basic fresh goods through community supported agriculture. The outcomes will include revitalization of a distressed community through increase opportunities for livable wage employment and improved access to fresh and nutritious food. This project will create 45 full time jobs. You can find more information here.

Source of money: HFFI CED Program

State & Local Policy Efforts

Are you working on a local or state policy effort in this state? Are you involved with a project supported by a federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative grant? Let us know at [email protected] or visit the Contact Us page to add to the Portal.

We encourage you to check out the following resources to learn more about or get involved with food access issues in your state:

For a full understanding of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives from advocacy to implementation, see The Food Trust’s Healthy Food Financing Handbook.