Food Forward Lorain is a partnership of community organizations working together on policies, systems and environmental changes to make healthy food available for everyone who lives in the City of Lorain.
To build upon existing community momentum, sustain efforts and encourage new partnerships to increase access to healthy food, and improve community well-being.
For community members to access to quality, nutritious food is fundamental to a healthy life. The City of Lorain is the largest city in Lorain County with a high poverty level. Residents face multiple barriers to health because of social and economic factors, or the Social Determinants of Health.
Inspiring economic development through urban farm and retail expansion.
PROGRESS: Awarded $207,174.48 through the USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) competitive grants program.
Strengthening healthcare partnerships through Food Is Medicine programming.
PROGRESS: Unite Us Ohio platform.
Connecting people to food through technology and transportation networks.
PROGRESS: Doordash delivering food boxes to income eligible seniors (CSFP).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Harvest and LCPH:
1:1 stakeholder meetings occurred to:
Based on data collected in stakeholder meetings, FFL created focus areas:
Focus areas spurred activities that inspired 13 projects such as applying for the USDA Urban Agriculture Planning Grant, joining the Unite Us Ohio Network, piloting ProjectDash, a senior food delivery program, and more.
The focus areas continued to make progress through:
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