Feed RVA is a nonprofit organization formed to facilitate the education of communities in the Richmond region on the importance of food systems, healthy/lifelong nutritional habits, and accessibility to quality food.
FeedRVA’s mission is to foster Food Justice in the Richmond/Tri-Cities area. FeedRVA defines “Food Justice” as communities exercising their right to grow, sell, buy, and eat healthy food. The immediate goal of FeedRVA is creation of a matching funds system for farmers markets that use SNAP/EBT. This program will also encourage markets not accepting SNAP at this time to work with the Virginia Department of Social Services, to utilize available technology grant dollars, and to offer the SNAP program at their markets. FeedRVA funds will be used to promote on-sight and traveling food education programs to highlight practical recipes and healthy meal preparation.
Our goal is to partner with other agencies to encourage and support a positive change in the eating habits of the citizens in the Richmond region by encouraging people to shop and buy locally at farms, farmers markets, and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs.
This will not only impact community health directly from the improved nutritional value of whole, non-processed foods; but will also improve the overall health of the environment by supporting businesses with a lower ecological impact. Utilizing locally grown and in-season produce reduces shipping and storage; which are more costly initially, and impact to the environment long-term (consider the packaging and exhaust from transportation).
Our Interim Executive Director
Doug Grisevich grew up on a small family farm in Connecticut run by his Russian immigrant Grandparents. After serving in the Air Force and 20+ years of the corporate world, Doug joined GrowRVA and his life has come full circle. Mornings you’ll find him feeding goats and gathering duck and chicken eggs, and the rest of the day spent assisting Karen Grisevich in preparations for GrowRVA markets and events.
Paige Craft, Just Bee Kind
Josh Fitzhugh, Josh's Jungle
David Hunsaker, Village Gardener
Sheila Johnson, Thinking of You Creations
Kim Powell, Black Creek Farm
James Wallace, Virginia Community Capital, Inc.