Williamsburg Farmers Market

From the Website of Williamsburg Farmers Market

Mission Statement from the site of Williamsburg Farmers Market


To sustain, foster, and operate a weekly Williamsburg Farmers Market in Merchants Square for growers and producers primarily of Eastern Virginia featuring fresh seasonal food and farm products for sale directly to the residents, students, businesses, and visitors in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Objectives

  • Provide healthy regionally produced food to all economic levels of the Williamsburg community.
  • Stimulate the regional farm economy and preserve agricultural land.
  • Sustain and enhance the historic role of the Williamsburg town center as a premier gathering place for markets, social, cultural, and entertainment events.
  • Create a fun and educational venue to enhance community life in Williamsburg.

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Virginia Food Systems Council

Mission

The Virginia Food System Council’s mission is to work to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy, viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland. Specifically included in our mission are the following:

  1. To address and strengthen Virginia’s food system in a comprehensive, system-wide and holistic manner by bringing together a wide variety of organizations and interests to examine and identify opportunities for improving the food system for all Virginians.
  2. To develop education, policy recommendations, and implementation strategies to improve the availability and accessibility of healthy, nutritious food for all Virginians.
  3. To partner with and build the capacity of agencies, organizations, individuals and communities to address local, regional, and state food and agriculture issues that relate to food availability and accessibility.
  4. To educate and communicate to the public and key decision-makers the relationship of the food system to health, economic development, natural resources, and social well-being.
  5. To encourage and create stronger links between farmers and consumers through efficient processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and education systems.
  6. To assist and promote the development of local enterprises and business entities that support community-based food production and consumption.
  7. To be a communications channel for and with existing local and regional food work groups or councils.

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Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

 

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Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. In our mission to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community, the Foodbank has distributed over 272 million pounds of food equating to over 226.8 million meals throughout our 4,745 square mile service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack. During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 18.6 million pounds of food equating to 15.5 million meals to the community.