“[LocalFAM] has huge ripple effects. It contributes to making the local economy more stable, increasingly localizing food systems, making food systems more sustainable, and getting people more nutritious food.” - Jess McClelland, BRWIA
“LocalFAM has had a tremendous impact compared to other food equity programs in the High Country. [It meets] similar bottom lines of helping farmers generate revenue, connect with new customers, and get healthy local food to folks who otherwise wouldn't be able to access it.” - Dave Walker, Daffodil Spring Farm
From LocalFAM Food Box Recipients:
“My kids are eating better than they ever have.”
“I have never had produce this good of quality.”
What To Expect
Volunteers pack boxes with food that will be delivered to food insecure people in the High Country. Once the food boxes are assembled, BRWIA staff deliver them to nonprofit partners across the region for distribution.
In the video below, a group of Appalachian State student volunteers are shown packing the LocalFAM boxes for delivery in Wilkes County.
After volunteering at the High Country Food Hub to pack 50 food boxes each week during the Fall 2021 semester, Dr. Jessica Martell and her WRC 1103 students developed and delivered a presentation at the Appalachian Teaching Project Virtual Conference. Their presentation, entitled “Building Market Channels for Local Food in the North Carolina High Country”, is available to read below.