STAUNTON, Va. -- A local food task force is holding their first public meeting Tuesday night and they want your opinion.
The goal of this task force is to make fresh, local food widely available to families in Staunton.
Councilman Erik Curren said that changing the local economy starts with keeping local food in Staunton, whether it's through the schools or restaurants.
The meeting is a way for the community to share ideas about expanding the local food scene.
Curren said that one in eight families has to worry about food security.
The task force wants to change that. They're looking at helping schools and expanding food bank programs already in place.
"The local food capital of the east coast, that's really our goal for our citizens, for tourists, for our economic development, for health. We don't see why Staunton shouldn't be a hub for fresh, local food because we are in the center of the Valley," Curren said.
Curren said these ideas would be implemented with as little expense as possible.
One possibility is to implement policies as a tax benefit for local farmers.
If you can't make Tuesday's meeting, there will be another meeting on February 20 at the Booker T Washington Community Center.
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