Food Partners Access Coordinator
Molly Sowash began her position as the Food Partners Access Coordinator in March 2021. Through funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Molly facilitates dynamic partnerships between ACEnet, Community Food Initiatives, and Rural Action in order to expand access to healthy, local food in Appalachian communities. This includes building capacity of several different demand and distribution networks between the three partners such as CFI’s Donation Station, ACEnet’s Athens Food Ventures Center and Nelsonville Food Hub, Rural Action’s Country Fresh Stops, the Chesterhill Produce Auction, and Farm to School programming. Additionally, Molly conducts and assists with research, planning and fundraising to help the three partners identify and expand shared resources to more efficiently achieve their food access mission.
Molly is a 2016 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Religious Studies. Prior to joining ACEnet, Molly was a food educator and youth worker in the Twin Cities. After living in Minnesota for seven years, she decided to move back to her roots and can now be found on her family’s land in Athens raising grass-fed beef, writing poems, and playing her guitar.