Across Virginia, from Roanoke to Danville to Surry County, more than 1.7 million Virginians are living in low income areas, with limited food access; this has real public health and economic development consequences.
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While food access is a statewide issue, we know it looks different in every community. Over the next few weeks, we will share with you the personal stories of advocates like you from communities across Virginia. These stories will be based around projects that are working to increase access to fresh food across the state, and support our advocacy for the Virginia Grocery Investment Fund.
The Virginia Grocery Investment Fund is a public-private partnership to fund new grocery stores, existing stores and other innovative food retail projects by providing grants and loans. The Fund is an innovative solution to increase access to fresh food and ultimately create healthier communities across Virginia.
We look forward to bringing you stories from around the Commonwealth. You will learn what advocates are doing, and how healthy food retail can work to improve health outcomes and stimulate local economies.
Next time, we’ll be back with You’re the Cure advocate Melissa Rollins in Surry County as she shares why this campaign is so important to her community – and taking action matters.