Cumberland County, North Carolina

Population: 332,330
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

Cumberland County Department of Public Health, with NC Works Workforce Development Board, Fort Bragg Department of Public Health, Pathways for Prosperity and Friends of the Health Department, seeks to improve food accessibility by partnering with local residents and using community data to understand the needs of their locality. 

This project will be driven by engaging community organizations in a robust data collection effort that will provide important information on food access in the region. In addition, a resident-led food policy council will be created in order to utilize this data to improve access to foods that promote health and make monumental changes in the Cumberland County area. This coordinated effort will meaningfully engage an array of stakeholders and co-create solutions that will highlight how powerful a resident lead initiative can be!