Food Security Program: 6-Month Progress Report

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A mass of attendees are pictured at a distance, walking between tents at the farmer's market.

The first Triad Black Farmer’s Market was held at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA on October 15th, with a successful turnout! The event was a collaboration between N.C. Cooperative Extension, East Greensboro Now, and the African-American Faith-Based Leaders of Guilford County.

Read below for a summary provided by Food Security Coordinator, Alyssa McKim, relaying the progress of our developing Food Security Program over the last 6 months at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Guilford County center:

In 2022, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners established a food security program team within The N.C. Cooperative Extension – Guilford County Center.
The program goals include creating opportunities for collaboration to strengthen the local food system, improving data collection and sharing, and creating a county-wide food security plan. The program team has built connections in the local community, and engaged in a listening tour, hearing what community members see, feel, and think about food insecurity and food systems across the county.

The Food Security Team has been busy and has celebrated the success of the Triad’s first Black Farmer’s Market, coordinated wit h community partners. In addition to supporting community development work in the local food system, providing grant writing training for community leaders, technical support to food pantries and supporting farm tours to highlight the importance of a strong local food system.

Cooperative Extension is also active in a collaborative effort with local non-profits and hospital systems engaged in Social Determinants of Health and has partnered with Fuse, a national non-profit focused on improving equity and innovation in local governments to bring an Executive Fuse Fellow to Guilford County. Collectively, these actions form the groundwork for improved grassroots leadership and a stronger food system for Guilford County.

The Food Security Team is excited to be partnering with Guilford County Schools and Public Health to plan and execute the County wide Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more information please contact Alyssa McKim at amckim@guilfordcountync.gov or 336-641-2421.