VCC continues to advance work in the healthy foods movement. Last July, VCC launched the Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund (VFFLF), a $10 million fund earmarked to address the unmet capital needs of healthy food enterprises throughout rural and urban regions in Virginia and to catalyze the growth of Virginia's healthy foods sector. In March, VCC deployed its first Virginia Fresh Food Loan to Glade Green Grocer, a whole foods retailer and food cooperative hybrid located in Glade Spring, Virginia.
This month, VCC announces the addition of James Wallace to our Community Investments & Impact team as a Healthy Foods Specialist. Wallace will focus on furthering VCC’s healthy foods initiative working with corner stores in food deserts in Richmond and other parts of the state.
Wallace brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the healthy food space both locally and statewide. He works with FeedRVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit increasing access to fresh foods, and has worked with GrowRVA,a company connecting local farms, local food, and local arts and hosts a series of farmers markets throughout the Richmond region.
“I am passionate about the healthy, sustainable food movement in Richmond and the state of Virginia,” offers Wallace about his new position. “I believe we have the tools and capacity to foster impactful changes that will create healthy communities. Our goal is to embed nutritional habits into daily routines and make healthy food more accessible for citizens of the Commonwealth.”