Community Food Initiatives gets community involved to fight food insecurity in Athens County

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One in five people in Athens County are food insecure, lacking reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. The non-profit Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is seeking for assistance in providing food to those people.

“Fighting food insecurity is something that we can all do, and that is why we are asking community members to help with this program,” said Leach.

CFI distributed nearly 87,000 pounds of produce last year to those in need in 2015 and is now looking to the community to help distribute over 100,000 pounds of produce in 2016.

Grow-a-Row campaign

One way community members can help out is by joining the CFI Grow-A-Row campaign. People pledge to donate a row of their garden to helping those in need.

Those interested can sign up on their website, and then be eligible for a free Grow-A-Row garden sign. The garden signs can be picked up at the Athens Farmers Market on March 19 from 9 a.m.–noon. All donations made will be distributed to local food pantries and social service agencies.

Any questions can be addressed to the Donation Station Manager Ryan Leach by calling 740-593-5971 or by email at


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