The 30 Mile Meal is a local food branding and promotional campaign that aims to provide a shared identity for the many farmers, specialty and value-added food producers, retail markets, food events and independently-owned eateries and bars featuring locally sourced menus in the area. The campaign will enable these stakeholders to leverage the growth of dozens of farm stands, farmers markets, farm-to-school programs and local food and urban farming initiatives in the area to build a local food economy united under the 30 Mile Meal brand.
The 30 Mile Meal will increase the awareness and availability of local food, strengthen the bottom line for area food businesses and create a network between local growers and buyers. The effort is expected not only to spur economic development, but also to create tourist destinations based on local food by positioning regional and ethnic flavors as a centerpiece of tourism. Taken together, these elements are a strong step forward towards a comprehensive food-based economic redevelopment strategy.
The Lake to River region is centered around Youngstown, Ohio to cover Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The initiative celebrates local farmers and food producers, area businesses and organizations that support local food and bars and eateries offering local items on their menus. Explore a region with a growing emphasis on healthy, local food and a flourishing local foods economy, all of which can be found within a 30+ mile radius of Youngstown, Ohio!