Making healthy food choices feasible for every community member is important. Because Valley Natural Foods’ mission is a healthy community, we want to be at the forefront of this effort. Increasing the access, availability and affordability of healthy foods is a complex process. It involves everyone from educators, parents, employers, public health professionals, policymakers, gardeners, local farmers, local producers and concerned citizens.
Part of increasing food access means connecting people and empowering them to develop direct consumer-grower relationships along with giving them the resources needed to build their own gardens. A sustainable food system is based upon trusted relationships, cooperation and good stewardship. Improving upon this system will further benefit our community as a whole, helping keep a larger portion of each food dollar in the local economy.
The current healthy food access programs at Valley Natural Foods are: