Community Food Assessment
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This page links to resources that support development of community food assessments. Examples of existing North Carolina assessments are also included.
- Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Resource developed through USDA Economic Research Service providing a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. 2002.
- Community-based food system assessment and planning(Facilitator’s Guidebook)
Publication serves as a guidebook for facilitators assessing and planning community-based food systems. It provides a process for gathering stakeholders using the “Community Capitals Framework” (Flora, Flora, and Fey 2003) and assessing community food systems. 2011 Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 3108-9029.
Example North Carolina Food Assessments
- Statewide – From Farm to Fork: State Action Guide
From 2008-2009, 1,000-plus individuals participated in the CEFS’ Farm to Fork initiative. They contributed their experiences, ideas and vision to develop a guide for action focused on a local food economy for NC.
- Food For All: Piedmont Triad Regional Food System Assessment, 2021. Covers the Piedmont Triad Regional Council area including: Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, Yadkin, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Davie, Davidson, Randolph, and Montgomery counties. In addition to the report, there is an interactive online report and a video series. The Assessment was conducted in partnership with Carolina Creative Works.
- Healthy Food Access Mapping Project (Healthy FAM), 2021. Covers the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments region including: Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson counties. In addition the the report there is a story map and food system map.
- EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Assessment, 2019. Covers the EmPOWER Region of Jackson, Macon, Haywood, Swain, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. The Assessment was written by ASAP.
- Rutherford County Baseline Food Assessment, 2019. Covers Rutherfod, Polk, and McDowell counties. Written by Taylor Burch for Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department
- Food and Farm Assessment for a Five-County Region in the Southern Appalachians: Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, and Johnson County, 2012
- Local Food and Farm Assessment: Avery, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties, 2013
- Healthy, Fresh, Local Food: An Action Plan for Increasing Availability and Access in Beaufort County, NC
- 14-County Greater Charlotte Region – CONNECT Our Future
- Action Plan for Food Systems Improvement, January 2014.
- Food Systems Assessment Report, July 2014.
- Food and Farm Assessment: Clay County, North Carolina, 2011
- Forsyth County‘s Community Food System: A Foundation to Grow, 2013
- Local Food System Assessment for McDowell County, NC, 2015
- Triangle Farms for Food: Strategy + Action Plan, 2015
- Western Region Assessments, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project:
If your North Carolina community has completed a food system assessment that you would like to share here, please email the title of the assessment and a link to email@example.com.