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About CFI

Community Food Initiatives fosters communities where everyone has access to an equitable, inclusive, and thriving local food system.  Our programming builds holistic community resilience through nurturing wellness for people, planet, and economies.     

Thanks to community-wide involvement and support, we've been growing and sharing the harvest since 1992. 

As a membership-based social benefit organization, Community Food Initiatives is deeply connected to the region and invested in long term work of creating systems-level change. 

Our Motivation

Poverty and health disparity are long standing problems in Athens County, more so than the majority of Ohio and the United States. Research increasingly shows that high rates of poverty and food insecurity correlate with negative health impacts such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. By sharing the knowledge to grow and prepare fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and wholesome foods, people become prepared to feed their families, improve their health and their community. All of CFI’s programs come together to make one unique mix that combats the many sides of these issues.