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Just as a long journey is made easier and clearer by using a road map, a community food coalition or policy council’s work is greatly enhanced through the guidance of a community food assessment. Food assessments don’t have to be complex; they can be as simple as a group of stakeholders gathering to discuss and list community food system (CFS) assets and weaknesses. Or, they can be more detailed studies that are conducted over many months, using surveys and other formal information-gathering instruments to compile specific data.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
July 15, 2013