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Local Foods, Local Places Program Awarded To Crisfield

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CRISFIELD, Md.- A big economic boost from a federal grant is bringing much needed change to Crisfield: in the form of expanded access to healthy food. The federal program, Local Foods, Local Places, is partnering with other agencies to help Crisfield bring local food-oriented project goals to the community.

Crisfield is one of 27 communities chosen in the United States to benefit from this new federal initiative. Shawna Parsley, executive director for the non-profit SOMOS, Inc. in Crisfield, is one of the people helping to organize the program.

"There were 346 I think people that wanted this award and Crisfield was given the opportunity, so we are very excited," Parsley said. 

Parsley said the ultimate goal for the program is to boost economic opportunity, to create access and to improve the health and welfare of the community. Crisfield's access to fresh local produce options has been limited. There is one main grocery store in the city and a Dollar General Store for most food shopping.

Evola Maddox lives in Crisfield and said she has to often travel outside of the city for groceries.

"Sometimes we have to go to Salisbury to get a better variety of food; and sometimes we try to shop in our own town, but I find some things as I'm getting older that I don't like or don't eat and I have to go to other places to shop," Maddox said.

A public workshop held over the past two days gathered community and stakeholders input for the programs special food projects. Parsley said planning for the projects is in the very early stages. Parsley said the next step is for the technical team over the next few weeks, to take the input from the public workshop and develop an action plan to move forward in the phase of the process. 

Parsley said the next phase will entail finding additional funding for the program projects and securing other agency resources. 

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