Mission: Local environment agricultural project, inc. (leap) 501(c)3 non profit that promotes healthy communities and resilient local food systems. We are a regional food system leader who connects, responds to, and strengthens communities.
Programs: Leap kitchen and food hub a. In 2017, there were 25 users, 3 of which were organizations teaching classes or holding demonstrations b. 2017 income from annual membership and hourly rent was 12,381 c. Launched leap farm share in 2017 which accounted for 70,930 in customer sales (includes sales tax) d. The food hub purchased 77,347 from 40 farmers and food producers in 2017 that was distributed/sold via the leap farm share, leap mobile market, leap booth at west end farmers market.
leap healthy food incentive program a. Ran five healthy food incentive programs at grandin village, west end, and mobile market in 2017 (snap double, head start, senior, fresh foods rx, medicaid match) b. 924 transactions between 3 leap markets for total of 6,986 snap processed c. Leap provided incentive funding for 1,753 snap and incentive transactions at leap markets for total of 33,161. D. Reimbursed market vendors in 2017 20,444 (snap, incentives, debit, gift certificates). E. Provided snap matching funding for eight partner markets in the region including city of salem farmers market, vinton farmers market, downtown roanoke farmers market, blacksburg farmers market, floyd farmers market, catawba valley farmers market, bedford farmers market, lynchburg farmers market for a total of 27,677 in 2017.
leap farmers markets a. Estimated 21,000 customers (duplicate count) for west end and grandin village b. Vendor sales in 2017 estimated to be 262,000 between january 2017- december 2017 c. 52 markets held at west end in 2017 d. 35 markets held at grandin village in 2017 e. Market program provided market outlet for 60 farmers, food producers, market vendors in 2017 f. Leap mobile market with 10 stops/week in roanoke city from may-october 2017 with sales of 37,391