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: Data to support your local/regional/state food systems work

Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 from 12-1 PM Eastern

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

Does your city, region, or state have its own food systems map, or are you considering creating one? When developing a food system map, having a clear idea of what data to include, and the processes for maintaining it is a vital first step. In this webinar, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service and Colorado State University’s Food Systems Institute will explore and showcase a new data resource available to you to help make some of these essential early decisions.
The new resource, located at https://localfoodeconomics.com/data includes more than 300 indicators developed by representatives of dozens of local and regional food systems organizations through an equity lens. These indicators cover topics including labor, community resources, nutrition security and food access, business development and infrastructure, and local food sales. Hear from members of the team that created and maintain this resource, and join in a discussion around how we can collectively support local, regional, and state food systems data and mapping efforts.

Latest Resources

Resilience Playbook Project Team

This guide outlines the different sectors within a local or regional food system and provides insights into the types of impacts and adaptations observed within those sectors during times of disruption. It also highlights innovations and adaptations taken that….

National Farm to School Network

Beginning with an idea by Danielle Chynoweth, supervisor for the Cunningham Township Supervisors Office (CTSO), and her team, Solidarity Gardens CU is a coalition of community partnerships and volunteers, that has demonstrated that the soil found in the Midwest….
Choctaw Fresh Produce (CFP) is a native-led, organic farming project centrally located in Mississippi’s Neshoba County. Since 2012, CFP has challenged food inaccessibility and strengthened food sovereignty for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians…..
This service delivery approach was utilized for a year until the first lockdown of the COVID- 19 pandemic forced its closure. Like the adaptation phase that allowed HHFP to grow from a church program to something more widely scaled,….


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