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Welcome to THE HUB

View THE HUBS 2013 Impact Report

A New Model for Community Development in West Virginia

The West Virginia Community Development Hub is a statewide non-profit organization that works to engage communities and organizations in a system of community development that is locally-determined and directed, continuous, intentional, and aligned across all three sectors of society (public, private and civil). Through that system, the Hub builds the capacity of communities and organizations by pursuing the following goals:

1. Catalyze community development in West Virginia.
2. Act as a liaison to strengthen relationships among community development stakeholders.
3. Build community development capacity.
4. Develop and distribute resources for community development efforts.

The Hub does this by connecting communities with the Network of resource and technical assistance providers they need to succeed; connecting those resource and technical assistance providers with one another in an effort to align those services to reduce redundancies and identify gaps; and connecting communities with one another to share best practices and reinforce one another's community development efforts.

The West Virginia Community Development Hub believes that community development requires:
➢ A continuous, intentional, aligned, systemic approach involving all three sectors of society (public, private and civil).
➢ Local determination that is respectful of local culture, heritage and values, and begins with local investment and commitment.
➢ A foundation of relationships based on optimism, open communication, willing collaboration, and mutual respect.
➢ Diverse leadership that is allowed to take many forms and arise from many sources within the community.
➢ Champions who embrace creativity, innovation, lifelong learning and a willingness to take risks.

Read more: 'Who We Are'
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:40am

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is pleased to publish Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia, the culmination of two years worth of pilot projects for SNAP Outreach in West Virginia. 

Over $490 million in SNAP benefits were distributed to West Virginians in 2013. SNAP recipients therefore represent a significant potential customer base for farmers markets. What is the best way to reach these customers? 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:28pm

On March 13, over 50 buyers and food producers and 10 service providers gathered for the Beckley Local Food Expo, bringing together regional food buyers and producers to share knowledge and explore the potential for business opportunities. Many attendees set up booths featuring their products and engaged with potential buyers. Following a lunch made from West Virginia products, a panel discussion was held that focused on buying and selling within the state, from producer and buyer perspectives.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:44am

After two years of pilot projects funded by BB&T and The McDonough Foundation, The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition has published the first draft of Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia. The pilot projects covered a variety of SNAP Outreach/Marketing strategies that included SNAP-match, on-site/print advertising, raffles, and on-site SNAP-education. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:41am

Farmers and Food Buyers Gather for Beckley Local Food Expo

Beckley, March 13th- The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will host an exhibition of local food producers in the Beckley/southern West Virginia area.  The Beckley Local Foods Expo will take place at the Dream Center on March 13th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Event organizers are currently seeking buyers and growers from surrounding counties to participate in this event.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:36pm

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition’s Food Access Working Group is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support the creation or expansion of mobile markets to increase access to healthy, local food for West Virginia residents living in limited access areas. The workgroup has $10,000 in funds available to support 1-2 projects that combine innovation, collaboration and education with a mobile market to directly serve limited resource families in at least one community in the state.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is proud to announce the publication of The Roadmap For The Food Economy: 2014 Progress Report