Photo courtesy of Coalfield Development Corp.

Photo courtesy of Coalfield Development Corporation

Coalfield Development Corporation $55,500 (Health) Coalfield Development Corporation’s initiative, Refresh Appalachia, will receive a grant to continue its second year of regional economic and workforce development work in Lincoln County. By working with Unlimited Future and Lincoln County Schools, the project aims to strengthen local food systems, support novice farmers, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets. Funding will support staffing, training, and building materials.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to build a local food economy in southern West Virginia – an economy that supports living wage jobs and provides fresh, healthy food to communities in need.” – Ben Gilmer, President, Refresh Appalachia

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.