To our valued supporters

Dec 16, 2016 by

Dear Valued Supporters,

On behalf of LEAP’s board, staff, and local food producers, thank you for helping us continue to LEAP ahead!

In 2016—we opened The Kitchen (offers shared commercial kitchen space to help create new small food businesses) and we currently have 9 member businesses and 2 organizations that offer cooking classes. We expanded the LEAP Mobile Market from 5 to 9 weekly stops, serving more neighborhoods in Roanoke with fresh, local food. Our Healthy Food Incentive Programs grew across all markets, making local food more affordable and accessible for all by dispensing over $24,000 in market incentives. And the Grandin Village Community Marketis now open once a month throughout the winter.

We are looking ahead to another busy year in 2017. The Kitchen will offer a food business education course and scholarships for entrepreneurs who need financial support to get started. With two years under our belt, the Mobile Market is getting a face lift. To better serve the community, we need a new vehicle (that works all the time!) and we need to retrofit the vehicle to make it handicap accessible and easy to set-up.

In close partnership with key stakeholders and community members, LEAP continues to work in Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley, and Virginia to ensure that all people have affordable, equitable access to fresh, local, healthful food.

Our work is not finished. We have to come together to effect change in our community. To support local farmers and food producers. To nurture healthy communities and sustainable local food systems.

” LEAP is making a growing impact on the availability and quality of food available to residents of Roanoke who would not otherwise have access to healthy, locally grown food. LEAP is changing the overall health of Roanoke through its dedicated efforts to bring sustainably grown food to our residents, food that feeds the earth as well as the people, rather than deplete both. ” — Diane Elliot, LEAP Board Member

“It has truly been a privilege serving on the LEAP Board the past two years alongside other board members and LEAP’s dynamic and innovative staff.  LEAP is fast becoming a successful regional food systems leader within the greater Roanoke Valley. It champions diverse healthy food access initiatives that uplift, transform, nourish, and revitalize the communities LEAP serves.”– Susan Clark, LEAP Board Member

We remain grateful for your continued support. Thank you for considering a donation to support your community. Mail a check (made out to LEAP) to PO Box 3249, Roanoke VA 24015, donate via  Paypal, or visit us at our office in the CoLab (1327 Grandin Rd, Roanoke VA 24015).

Happiest of holidays and all the best in the new year! May your days be filled with great people, fun times, and amazing food.

Sincerely,

LEAP Board and Staff

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