High Point, NC, has been named one of the 27 beneficiaries of the federal “Local Foods, Local Places” campaign. The program is a collaboration between a host of government agencies, including the USDA, EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the White House Rural Council. It aims to build local food systems and drive economic revitalization in downtowns and neighborhoods.
Local Foods, Local Places helps people access healthy local food and supports new businesses in neighborhoods that need investment,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The program is good for the environment, public health and the economy. By helping bring healthy local food to market and offering new walking and biking options, Local Foods, Local Places can help improve air quality, support local economies, and protect undeveloped green space.”
In High Point, the program will provide technical assistance to develop a farmers market and other health and wellness programs for the town’s new central library plaza. The Local Foods, Local Places program has served 26 communities since its launch in 2014. Last year, Rocky Mount, NC, was selected for a similar initiative, receiving technical assistance to
explore opportunities to establish a new farmers market in an economically challenged part of the city, and to develop urban community gardens on former brownfield sites and Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout lots and nearby affordable housing developments.
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