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Chelsea Graves, Dining Services Student Farm Manager, Interdisciplinary Studies Major, at Virginia Tech Kentland Farms


Maureen McGonagle


Maureen McGonagle served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer and assisted the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market with a variety of programs and daily tasks. She worked on a SNAP double value program as part of her mission to bring healthy food to low-income people. The affordability of local produce is a primary barrier to access that she is trying to address. She has harnessed support from a number of community organizations to sustain the program, and recommends the same for organizations attempting similar work. Although the number of participants is low compared to SNAP recipients in the county, Maureen finds hope and inspiration in changing the relationship that people have with food.

Here is a link to Maureen’s full narrative: Maureen McGonagle

Keywords:Blacksburg Farmers Market, SNAP, healthy people, partnerships

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