Part of $10 Million to Improve Fresh Food Access and Nutrition Education

Abingdon, VA,  11/19/2014 – Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to ASD was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its $10 million commitment over three years to improve fresh food access and nutrition education for underserved communities.

The grant to ASD will be used to support its food access work in northeast TN and southwest VA, including some of the hardest hit coal counties in southwest Virginia.  In 2013, ASD received $50,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation to increase the consumption of fresh,healthy foods in food deserts.  ASD is dedicated to its mission to grow food, communities and opportunities to build a thriving Appalachia.

“There are so many challenges to improving nutrition access and education, especially for those who are most disadvantaged,” said Lisa Walker, Managing Director, Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are excited to help ASD and many other nonprofits across the country make an impact in improving nutrition in urban and rural communities.”  For more information about Newman’s Own Foundation nutrition grants, visit:

In 2015, ASD celebrates 20 years of service in the Appalachian region of southwest VA and northeast TN.  ASD operates 10 programs in 3 sectors: sustainable agriculture/food system development, sustainable forestry/wood products and food access.  For more information please visit

Contact: Kathlyn Terry, Executive Director