Food Access & Active Living

What we eat and what we do to be physically active are hugely important to our health. But these are not just individual choices. Income inequities mean that many families have difficulty gaining access to the full range of the Monadnock region’s healthy, locally-produced food options. Expanded access to healthy food benefits individuals, it supports local food producers and food systems, and it strengthens entire communities. At the same time, not all communities across our region offer the same access to environments and resources that support physical activity and overall physical health. Community-level changes can make it easier for everyone to be healthier, and together, the Monadnock Food Access Alliance and Monadnock Outdoors are doing just that!

Our Goals

Expand local food access to include low- and moderate-income families

Encourage support of local food system.

Educate consumers on the benefits of locally produced food.

Promote active living through physical activity, active transportation, and recreation.

Our Current Projects

Right This Way

Right This Way is a 10 week, team-based, holistic wellness challenge that is offered to organizations participating in Wellpowered Worksites (a program offered through Cheshire Medical Center). Right This Way uses science backed behavior changeRead More

Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a farm-to-school campaign that provides ready-to-use materials for the classroom, cafeteria, and community designed to promote the use of local, seasonal foods. This program is specifically tailored for teachers,Read More

Veterans Appreciation

Veterans Appreciation thanks veterans living in the Monadnock Region for their service by providing them with vouchers to purchase local food directly from the growers at local Farmers Markets during the month of September, whichRead More

Run and Read

Created in 2014, the Run and Read project provides age-appropriate books for children and families across the Monadnock region. Through the partnership of the Keene Elm City Rotary Club and the Advocates for Healthy YouthRead More

Granite State Market Match

Granite State Market Match is a program developed to help the 106,000 New Hampshire residents who receive SNAP benefits to purchase healthy and locally-grown produce every time they visit the farmers’ market. This is accomplishedRead More


9-5-2-1-0 supports the 5-2-1-0 Healthy NH program, a statewide public education campaign to bring awareness to daily recommendations for nutrition and physical activity. Its message is simple and clear and represents some of the mostRead More

Food and Gardens

In response to supply chain issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, a work group of the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition launched, Food & Gardens for a Resilient Monadnock , a website providing gardening educationRead More

Farm to School

Cornucopia Project and Stonewall Farm have teamed up to form a new regional branch of the NH Farm to School Network here in the Monadnock Region. The Monadnock Farm to School Network is a community resource forRead More

Complete Streets

Complete Streets are pedestrian, transit, and bicycle – friendly streets that provide safe and easy access for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation. It is an approach to planning,Read More
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