A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state.
Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.
Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.
It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.
In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day. That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough. They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.
For some people, grocery shopping is stressful. They’re out of crunchy peanut butter. The price of lettuce is up again, and the line at checkout is way too long. But one store in Richmond has found a way to ease the pain.
Elwood Thompson’s supermarket sits at the corner of Elwood and Thompson in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood. It offers locally grown, organic produce and meats, whole grains and nutritional supplements, natural cleaning and beauty products, and a spot upfront to relax over a green tea latte or some freshly squeezed juice.
The Internet has become a popular place for people to buy and sell products and for individuals in search of dates and mates to meet. Now, a group in Charlottesville has launched a website where chefs can find producers of local farm products.
If you’re looking for ghost peppers or baby ginger, quail eggs or chicken feet for stock, oyster mushrooms, organic hopes or goat milk ice cream, you’re in luck. The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Rex Linville says his group has created a website that’s already offering those things and much more to the needy chef.
There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way. Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider. And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow.
Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.” We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.
Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .