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South Hill awarded Main Street grant for Food Hub

SoVaNow.com / July 31, 2019
South Hill is one of 12 communities slated to receive a Virginia Main Street grant, with the funding earmarked for development of the Southern Virginia Food Hub.

Town Manager Kim Callis said South Hill received $7,000 that the downtown food hub will use for training and education programs. “It will allow them to continue their good work,” said Callis.

The Food Hub is already conducting training classes and educational programs. Past classes included tips on managing blood glucose levels, information about skin care products, lessons on product pricing and selling at a farmer’s market and living on a whole food, plant-based diet.

Other communities also receiving some of the more than $144,000 in Virginia Main Street grants announced last week by Gov. Ralph Northam. Receiving grants are the towns of Altavista, Blackstone, Orange, and St. Paul, and the cities of Hopewell and Staunton for downtown investment projects. Six Commercial District Affiliate grants were awarded to the towns of Scottsville, Pulaski, and Bowling Green and the city of Radford.

“Downtown revitalization combined with the development of strong local entrepreneurial ecosystems are important components of creating bustling commercial districts that attract residents and visitors alike,” said Gov. Northam. “These grants and technical assistance will continue to transform our downtown communities, supporting our efforts to grow and diversify regional economies and helping our small and community-based businesses thrive.”

Downtown Investment Grants (DIG), administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), are for design and economic vitality projects targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities.

The Southern Virginia Food Hub is a consortium of more than 120 growers from eight counties across Southern Virginia and northern North Carolina whose mission is to help local farmers and producers add value to their products and sell beyond the local farmer’s market. They operate a local food grocery known as the Maker’s Market at 100 West Danville Street in South Hill. The Maker’s Market offers nutrition, healthy eating, cooking, food preservation and business and marketing classes to farmers and community members, and maintains a commercially-inspected kitchen and dairy processing room that can be leased.

The Maker’s Market is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Learn more about the Southern Virginia Food Hub and Maker’s Market on Facebook at Southern Virginia Food Hub, Inc. dba Makers Market.

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