Community FEaST


Join us Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 4:30-6:30pm on Sanford Mall for the Seventh Annual Community FEaST!

AppalFRESH, the Appalachian Food Research for Equity Sustainability and Health Collaborative organizes the annual Community FEaST (Food Engagement and Story Telling) event.  The event welcomes students, staff, faculty and community members to enjoy a simple, local meal while engaging in conversation about sustainable food issues and stories.  The goals of this event are to:

1. Build community by encouraging conversation and storytelling about the importance of sustainable food

2. Minimize waste (near-zero waste event)

3. Maximize local food sourcing

4. Provide resources for food insecure members of our community

Learn more about each year's Community FEaST via links below:

Year 1 - 2017
Year 2 - 2018
Year 3 - 2019
Year 4 - 2020 (Virtual)
Year 5 - 2021
Year 6 - 2022


About AppalFRESH
Appalachian Food Research for Equity, Sustainability and Health Collaborative (AppalFRESH) is a new, but growing group of faculty, staff and graduate students at Appalachian State University with a common interest in research, education and engagement related to socially, economically and ecologically viable food systems. AppalFRESH strives to host and promote events that lead to a better understanding of and spur conversations around food issues, conduct and support research on salient food issues, and to be of service to faculty, staff, community members and students by sharing resources, and making and maintaining connections. Learn more at

About Sustainability at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. The university’s holistic, three-branched approach considers sustainability economically, environmentally and equitably in relationship to the planet’s co-inhabitants. The university is an active steward of the state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources and challenges students and others think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means from the smallest individual action to the most broad-based applications. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that focus on sustainability. In addition, 100 percent of Appalachian’s academic departments offer at least one sustainability course or course that includes sustainability, and all students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome. Learn more at

Published: Sep 7, 2022 12:00am