REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project has been recognized by The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank as one of “Five Awesome Food Organizations in Alabama”. The esteemed list of organizations were featured in the inaugural Good Food Org Guide, which launched October 2014. It highlights “nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.” Nominees in the annual guide – which has already been downloaded more than 25,000 times – were determined by experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.
“The Urban Food Project aims to revitalize places and grow businesses while creating healthy food access in low income communities and food desserts,” said REV CEO David Fleming. Through the program, REV sources Alabama-grown produce from local farmers and distributes fresh, healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables into neighborhood corner stores in Birmingham’s food deserts. The infrastructure that supports this is sustained by selling to many of Birmingham’s finest restaurants.
“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” said Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.
Other Alabama organizations include the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, The Bay Area Food Bank, E.A.T. South and Magic City Harvest, a Birmingham-based food recovery program. Magic City Harvest has been a key partner in the growth and expansion of The Urban Food Project, providing a refrigerated truck for local food distribution to Birmingham restaurants and corner stores over the last year. Recently, the Urban Food Project was awarded a $100,000 grant from the USDA that will allow the organization to secure a refrigerated truck that will allow for further growth of the system.
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