The federally supported program will focus on fresh food options in the St. Paul’s Area community
NORFOLK, VA – The City of Norfolk is one of 13 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal partnership program that supports community-led efforts to reinvest in existing neighborhoods, protect the environment, and improve residents’ health and quality of life through the development of the local food economy.
“This is a remarkable partnership that builds on the incredible work of the City in addressing nutritional equity. Our recent investment in the Berkley Supermarket, coupled with the establishment of the Norfolk Nutritional Equity Fund, speaks to our unwavering commitment to improving access to healthy food. Collaborating with federal partners at EPA and USDA will serve to enhance our work in overcoming the environmental and economic challenges presented by food insecurity,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D.
Through LFLP, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts will work directly with Norfolk and other community leaders to improve access to healthy and fresh food options in the St. Paul’s Area. The City of Norfolk’s project proposes a mobile farmer’s market stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables from local Hampton Roads farms. The LFLP team will provide technical assistance to a local steering committee developing this proposal.
“I want to thank Jared Chalk, Director of Development and his staff for their efforts to secure this funding. This funding provides a nice complement to our Nutritional Equity Fund recently created by City Council and further illustrates that Norfolk is committed to ensuring residents have consistent access to healthy food,” said Chip Filer, Ph.D, City Manager.
This year, LFLP is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service, with multiple federal agencies planning to participate. The 13 LFLP communities selected in 2021 were chosen from among 97 applicants. Since its launch in 2014, LFLP has helped more than 120 communities across the country develop local food enterprises, such as farmers markets, community gardens and cooperative grocery stores, using a place-based approach that improves environmental, economic, and health outcomes in downtowns and neighborhoods. The program pays special attention to overcoming economic challenges, improving equity, and tackling climate change and other factors that can hinder revitalization efforts and residents’ access to more affordable healthy food.