STAPLES — Region Five Development Commission, based in Staples, received a 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the RxCSA/Vet Community Supported Agriculture Program.

This RxCSA/Vet Community Supported Agriculture Program targets areas of geographically dispersed veterans and their families, people who are working to increase adaptation and lifestyle capacity while living with mental illness, and those who are recovering from opioid or other drug addictions to provide community supported agriculture shares of locally grown food, cooking demonstrations and nutrition education.

“There has never been a project like this in our nation,” stated Staci Headley, senior regional development planner at Region Five Development Commission, in a news release. “This project is innovative and unique because of the approach to deliver services to people — taking into consideration their unique needs. It brings people together through the common denominator of food and uses food as medicine to improve quality of life and overall health and wellness, while also supporting our local growers.

“We have seen our CSA programs deliver amazing results, while our team continues to seek ways to deliver this project to a multitude of people with different needs simultaneously to create efficiencies and greater impact.”

For more information about this project, contact Staci Headley at 218-831-0137 or via email at sheadley@regionfive.org.