The WNCFPC brings together food producers, policy leaders, food security agencies, and economic advocates to address policy needs for agricultural development and food insecurity in the seven western counties of North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson and Haywood.
This council aims to build more effective programs and policies to strengthen WNC’s food economy and economic security for all persons and to mitigate the effects of food insecurity in the WNC region, especially for children and seniors, by advocating for more effective policies and stronger local economies.
We are a partner of the NC SLFAC, which addresses similar problems at the state level, and our members come from more than 75 federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses. If you would like to join the WNCFPC, or provide ideas and concerns, please contact us via email or attend one of our meetings.
Emily M. Elders
Join our listserv and share questions, ideas, and resources with others involved in the local food economy of WNC. Visit listserv.unc.edu and search for “wncfpc” to sign up!
WCU Asset Mapping ProjectAgriculture Census Data: Cherokee County Clay County Graham County Haywood County Jackson County Macon County Swain County
Research and Reports
Feeding America Coalition (www.feedingamerica.org)
MANNA Food Bank (www.mannafoodbank.org)
Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council (www.abfoodpolicy.com)
Farm Prosperity Project (link: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/herbs/prosperity/)
Fit Community Program (www.fitcommunitync.org)
Food Research Action Council (www.frac.org)
Appalachian Foodshed Project (ARC) (www.arc.gov)
Appalachian Regional Commission (www.arc.gov
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (www.asap.org)
USDA Rural Development Center (www.usda.gov)
USDA Food and Nutrition Services (www.usda.gov)
NC Rural Center (www.ncruralcenter.org)
Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign (www.shareourstrength.org)
Community Foundation of WNC (www.cfwnc.org)
Cherokee Preservation Foundation (www.cpf.org)
Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu)
School Lunch Programs (www.ncdhhs.gov)
Native Medical Health Program (www.wcu.edu)
NC Department of Agriculture (http://www.ncagr.gov)
NC DENR (www.ncdenr.gov)
NC Dept of Commerce (www.ncdoc.com)
North Carolina Cooperative Extension (www.ces.ncsu.edu)
North Carolina School of Government (www.sog.unc.edu)
NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council (www.ncagr.gov/localfood)
NC Broadband (http://broadband.gov)