Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID

Recovery and Resilience

“What would 2020 have looked like if a collaborative network of research, engagement, and outreach across local and regional food system stakeholders, university researchers, and USDA leadership had been in place?” This is the question the Local and Regional Food System (LRFS) Recovery and Resilience project asks as the team reflects upon and examines the lessons, impacts, and successes of the first phase of the LRFS Response to COVID-19 project and frames its future mission. The project focuses on translating lessons learned from local food systems stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic and simultaneous social crisis into a specific, long-term collaborative strategy for fostering recovery, and equitable approaches to LRFS resilience.


Upcoming Webinar: Stay Tuned

12-1:30pm EST

Looking Ahead: Innovations and Programs Supporting Local and Regional Supply Chains

Mark your calendar for the COVID Recovery and Resilience fall webinar series, which will kick off on Friday, September 9th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET. The webinar will start with a brief presentation from the Data and Metrics Action Team about their innovative new tool to improve access to data collection, analysis, and utilization to foster a more equitable and resilient food system. The webinar will then shift gears, and small groups of participants will be asked to give feedback on the tool. 


September 9th, 2022 – Local and Regional Food System Reporting and Data Tool 

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