Food Systems Stories in the Pandemic
In an effort to capture and share stories of hope and resilience in Virginia's Food System amidst the pandemic, our center team is searching for news articles to uplift and is conducting interviews with people in our food system to hear more about how they are responding and adapting. Check out our collection of vignettes below.
Article ItemCommunity Gardens in Times of Crisis , article
Hear about how communities in the New River Valley have adapted and been supported by community gardens throughout the Pandemic. Click here to read more.
Article ItemHidden in Plain Sight: Community Food Security Needs , article
The New River Valley Glean Team was formed ten years ago to address community food security, a food system need that is often hidden in plain sight. Click here to read more.
Article ItemFive Months In: Reflections on Virginia Food Systems in the Pandemic , article
A reflection on Virginia food systems after 5 months of life navigating Coronavirus. Click here to read more.
Article ItemBringing Fresh Food into Petersburg , article
Making fresh, local foods more accessible in Petersburg is being achieved through a POP! Market. Click here to read more.
Article ItemMutual Aid and a Vision , article
A story of the Future Economy Collective’s mutual aid initiative in the New River Valley. Click here to read more.
Article ItemA Nimble Farmers Market Adapts and Pivots , article
As the pandemic shuttered farmers markets across the state, the Madison County Farmers Market used its online platform to nimbly pivot to online sales, contributing to the community’s food security during a time of panic and bare shelves in conventional retail sites. Click here to read more.
Article ItemEmbracing Change with New Relationships , article
A story of how Four Oaks Farms shifted their market sales from schools to direct consumers as the Pandemic first hit. Click here to read more.
Article ItemExtension Promotes DIY Aquaponics , article
A Zoom session on DIY aquaponics offered by Virginia Cooperatives extension shared the “how to” offered to people looking for new ways to supplement their diet. Click here to read more.
Article ItemResiliency Taking Root , article
A story of community viability and aid through an initiative directed by a former community engagement manager. Click here to learn more.
Article ItemThe Beauty of Relationships and Shared Values in a Storm , article
The story of a coalition of regional partners working collaboratively and cooperatively to keep communities fed, farmers engaged, and local businesses and organizations operating through the Pandemic.
Article ItemDistributing Pork During a Pandemic , article
A story of a lifelong pig farmer working overtime to keep people fed. Read more here.
Article ItemRearranging to Fit the Times , article
A story of how a brewery reallocated their space to serve community food banks as the Pandemic first took hold. Read more here.
Article ItemCaring for Those in Quarantine , article
A short vignette that shares a partnership between a hospital and food bank that supported patients required to quarantine after their hospital stay with food assistance. Read more here.
Article ItemFulfilling the Needs , article
Insight on ensuring a community’s needs are met and a story of caring for one’s own. Click here to read more.
Article ItemJoining Forces , article
A story highlighting an initiative to feed families in need while supporting local restaurants in Roanoke, VA. Click here to read more.
Article ItemHonest to Goodness Dairy and Community , article
An honest commitment to dairy farming, community relations, agricultural education, and adaptive business planning by Richlands Dairy and Creamery. Click here to read more.
Article ItemPaying it Forward , article
A glimpse of hope and help through an act of care by the University of Virginia’s Dining Services. Click here to learn more.
Article ItemGoing the Greater Distance , article
June 10, 2020 A story of a Virginia general store's adaptation and service to their community during the pandemic. Click here to read more.