FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/16/2017 Contact: Jo Ann Detta and Mary Huber Healthy Families-Family Farms Program Coordinators at


Annual Good Food for All Challenge launched by local citizens

Abingdon, VA, 03/16/2017 – Appalachian Sustainable Development’s food access program, Healthy Families-Family Farms (HFFF) has launched the Good Food for All Challenge to support local farmers and provide free, fresh vegetables to people in need who visit food banks/pantries. The Good Food for All Challenge will take place from now – May 15, 2017. All donations received during this time will have 30% added to it from ‘Friends of HFFF’. Donations can be made at Supporters can also mail checks to: Healthy Families-Family Farms, P.O. Box 791, Abingdon VA 24212 with ‘Challenge’ in the memo line. HFFF is dedicated to increasing access to fresh, healthy food for everyone in the community. A local grassroots group, ‘Friends of HFFF’, strongly committed to the work of HFFF, has established the fund to match each donation made during the challenge.

About Healthy Families-Family Farms

Since 2004, Healthy Families-Family Farms, a food access program of ASD, has raised money and purchased seconds produce (nutritious, delicious fruits and vegetables that do not meet strict aesthetic retail guidelines) from local farmers in ASD’s Appalachian Harvest network. All seconds are then donated, 100% free of charge to the Feeding America Food Bank and distributed at Ecumenical Faith in Action and other local food pantries. Since 2004, Healthy Families-Family Farms has donated over 1 million pounds of nutritious, seconds produce to food banks and pantries.

About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Appalachian Sustainable Development is dedicated to its mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food. Since 1995, ASD has been serving northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. As ASD’s work continues, it will expand its focus to include regional partnerships that build important connections to increase market access and bring necessary resources to the rural communities in its physical footprint. ASD operates programs in sustainable agriculture and food access. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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