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Mission & History

About CFI

Our Mission


To support a local food movement that expands fair access to fresh and nutritious foods for all people in our region.

Our Vision


A resilient region in which everyone in our community has access to an equitable, inclusive, and thriving local food system.

Our Values


  • Culture & Community: We value naming our assets–soil, seeds, and an Appalachian heritage of food production and preservation–so that everyone can see their place in strengthening our assets and our community.
  • Education & Empowerment: We believe that by sharing the knowledge to grow and prepare wholesome foods, people become empowered to feed their families, improve their health, and strengthen their community.
  • Justice: We are rooted in the belief that equitable access to fresh and nutritious local food leads to a safe and clean environment, meaningful work with livable wages, and fulfills the needs and rights of all people.
  • Collaboration: We believe in the strength of collaboration and in doing better together.

Our History


Community Food Initiatives has been growing and sharing the harvest since 1992.  However, the organization's focus has changed significantly since its original conception, and into the last few years of expansion.  The original plan of CFI was to be a producer's association of ACEnet.  However, after a few years, the organization moved away from this direction, and into a new vision to teach the local community how to garden and preserve their bounty, as well as distribute local, healthy food to those in need.

We have continued to grow with the help of our members, donors, and volunteer that make our mission possible.  Through all these years our purpose still remains the same: bring local healthy food to those in need.

Our Sponsors and Partners

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