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What’s the Deal with the 30 Mile Meal?

Did you know that by committing to spend just $10 a week on locally grown foods you can help rebuild your local economy?  That’s why the goal of the 30 Mile Meal is connecting food buyers and suppliers and educating the public about the benefits of consuming local products. The brand provides a shared identity for everyone involved in the local food scene that can be marketed to the public in hopes of creating economic development around our local food system. Together, we can make a difference!

What’s Local?

How close is ‘local’? Local Food is defined as food that is grown or produced within a 150 mile radius of your home. The 30 Mile Meal is a mindset encouraging people to source food from within 30 miles of wherever they may be. So whether you’re at home, work or on vacation you can be a part of rebuilding the local economy.

2014 Accomplishments

  • 50+ partnering organizations in 2013
  • 23 locations participated in Restaurant Week 2014
  • Built support among the media and received great coverage
  • Built a strong network of support an awareness within the community
  • Raised awareness of the program among business owners

 Get Involved

  1. Look for the logo. When you see the 30 Mile Meal logo at a business, you know they’re sourcing locally and supporting other local businesses! Give them your business and your support. Discover other easy ways to source locally with this roadmap
  2. Ask Questions. A great way to spread the word about the 30 Mile Meal and local food is to ask “what’s local?” when shopping or dining out.
  3. Tell a friend. One of the best and easiest ways you can help is by telling a friend about the 30 Mile Meal, and to look for our logo when shopping or dining out!
  4. Become a partner. Your investment as a partner will help keep the project growing and you can help determine how we’ll do it!  Contact Christina Perry for more information.
  5. VolunteerWe can always use amazing volunteers, whether it’s in the office or out in the community! Contact Christina Perry for more information.
  6. Become an event helperThroughout the year, we host and participate in many events. If event planning and execution is your thing, we’d love to have your help! Contact Christina Perry for more information and event dates/times.

Common Wealth, Inc.

Common Wealth, Inc. is a non-profit community development organization that got its start in the housing market over 25 years ago, equipped with a revolving loan fund that has helped new businesses, co-ops and organizations flourish over the years. Today, the focus has shifted to include rebuilding the local food economy through farmers markets, a food co-op, healthy food kiosks and a kitchen incubator. All of these elements are part of Common Wealth’s Lake-to-River Food Hub. Now, the food hub has adopted a new local foods branding campaign called the 30 Mile Meal™, an initiative of the Real Food·Real Local Institute, aimed at increasing the awareness and availability of local food.