LEAP in the News

September 2021

Politico – Prescribing tomatoes and carrots could help some Americans eat better

WSET 13 – Governor Northam applauds LEAP Mobile Market in providing affordable fresh groceries

August 2021

WDBJ7 – Grown Here at Home: Botetourt County farm raising money for food justice

January 2021

Roanoke Star – Roanoke Partnership Launches New Farm to School Program Featuring Locally Grown Produce

October 2020

WSLS – Food Justice: What is it and how can we fix it

WSLS – More locally-grown food heading to schools in the Star City

Roanoke Star – LEAP and VA Cooperative Extension Receive Farm to School Grant to Get Fresh Food to Roanoke City Students

Inside NOVA – Pure Farmland (TM) Awards $100,000 to Local Gardens and Farms

July 2020

WFIR – Helping to provide food to families affected by the pandemic

June 2020

WVTF / Radio IQ – Roanoke-based LEAP shifts online to provide local food

May 2020

Valley Business Front – Shifting Landscapes for Our Local Farmers

Roanoke Times – Feeling freer at the farmers market

April 2020

WFXR – Farmers Markets switch to online orders and drive-thru pickup

Roanoke Star – Grandin Village Farmers Market to Open Saturday

Roanoke Times– Editorial: A Call to (F)arms

Roanoker Magazine – Connecting Hungry Eaters to Local Food

Roanoke Times – Farmers market shift: Scrambling to not lose a spring season

March 2020

Roanoke Times – Fresh Match teams local food, those in need

Roanoke Times – Giving: LEAP takes on management of Roanoke community gardens

February 2020

WFXR – Roanoke group celebrates Leap Day with soup, community

WSLS10 – LEAPing into action: How you can help save Roanoke’s Community Gardens

WDBJ7 – Gown here at home: Buy local seasonal food through LEAP Farm Share program

WDBJ7 – Grown here at home: Virginia Fresh Match making produce more accessible and affordable

January 2020

WDBJ7 – LEAP looks to continue growth in community gardens

August 2019

WFXR – LEAP Mobile Market brings fresh produce to food deserts, supports local farmers

April 2019

Augusta Free Press – Project GROWS increases food access for SNAP participants at farmers markets

WFXR – Celebrate spring at the Grandin Village Farmers Market

The Roanoke Star.com – Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia Announces Grants to Support Programs for the Elderly

The Roanoke Times – Nonprofits receive grants for eldercare

January 2019

WFXR – Get some fresh produce during this cold winter season

October 2018

The Roanoker Magazine – Farming’s New Faces

WDBJ7 – New food hub in the works

August 2018

Salem Times Register– LEAP/Virginia Fresh Match receives $1.8 million grant through USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program

WDBJ7 – LEAP lands major grant

NRVNews – Grant will extend SNAP benefits for produce

WFIR – Statewide federal grant coming through LEAP

August 2017

Virginia First, Ag Life: Celebrating National Farmers Market Week

July 2017

101.5/102.5 The Mountain FM – Community Spotlight

May 2017

The Roanoke Tribune, LEAP celebrates launch of new Mobile Market, May 19

WDBJ7, Farmers market hits the road in Roanoke, May 15

The Roanoke Times, Med Beat: New farmers market on wheels debuts Monday in Roanoke, May 15

The Roanoke Times, Roanoke City Market to double match for shoppers with SNAP cards, May 10

February 2017

WSLS 10, Local farmers work to keep agriculture alive in Southwest Virginia, February 28

Virginia First, Local farmers discuss challenges, February 21

Roanoke Times, LEAP to host Farmer Listening Sessions beginning Feb. 21, Febuary 20

NRV News, Farmer Listening Sessions, February 17

WSLS10, LEAP receives grant for program giving healthy food to Medicaid recipients, February 13

November 2016

Virginia First WFXR, LEAP for Local Food launches Food Business StartUp program, November 24

Roanoke Times, LEAP offers education, resources for food-industry startups, November 16

Roanoke Tribune, Food business incubator program created, November 11

Septemeber 2016

Roanoker Magazine, LEAP Kitchen Offers Opportunity, September 16

Politico Magazine, How Western Virginia Tackled the Rural Health Problem, September 15

July 2016

Roanoke Business, What’s cooking at The Kitchen in Roanoke? July 2016

Virginia Business, What’s cooking at The Kitchen in Roanoke? July 2016

Roanoke Outside, What is The LEAP Kitchen? July 19

Virginia First, Ag Life program, Fresh Food Rx Connects Diabetics with Local Produce, July 6

June 2016

Roanoke Times, Mobile Market expansion brings fresh produce to Roanoke neighborhoods, June 15

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Roanoke Times, LEAP Mobile Market expands, June 1

May 2016

VT Office of Economic Development, The Kitchen opens in Roanoke’s West End neighborhood, May 5

April 2016

Roanoke Tribune, West End Community Market and LEAP launch The Kitchen, April 29

WVTF/Radio IQ, Shared Kitchen in Roanoke Aims to boost Food Businesses, April 28

Roanoke Times, The Kitchen opens in Roanoke for local food-related start-ups, April 27

The Kitchen

WDBJ, A community kitchen opens in Roanoke, April 27

WSLS, LEAP opens community kitchen in Roanoke, April 26

November 2015
Ag Life Screen Shot

WFXR News, Ag Life Program, did a story about LEAP’s upcoming Community Kitchen on November 17

Roanoke Times, “LEAP Lands $40,000 in grants for community kitchen in Roanoke”, November 16

October 2015
Great Video about the Healthy Start Collaboration and LEAP’s work with TAP and other community partners.

August 2015
Cox Connections with LEAP for Local Food

June 2015
WSLS10, “LEAP Mobile Market brings fresh, healthy food to the community,” June 11

February 2015 The Roanoke Times, “LEAP works to connect the dots between food producers, consumers,” February 20

The Roanoke Times, Fridge Magnet, “A February filled with food,”February 6

Cox9 Round Roanoke, Big Lick Cocktail Classic for LEAP, February 3 January 2015 WDBJ7, “Healthy initiatives taking off in a Roanoke neighborhood,” January 20video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player   December 2014 WFIR Morning News, “$100k grant to help start-ups prepare locally-grown foods for year-round sale,” December 4

WDBJ 7, “LEAP for Local Food receives $100,000 grant,” December 4 video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

WSLS 10, “Community Kitchen aims to launch more food businesses,” December 2

WDBJ 7, “West End Community Market offers healthy foods to Roanoke neighborhood,” December 2video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

November 2014 WSLS 10, Freedom First Fridays on Daytime Blue Ridge with Maureen Best, LEAP Executive Director, November 21  

101.5 TVMP Roanoke Valley Conversations featuring Brittany DeKnight, LEAP AmeriCorps VISTA, November 9