Gail Patton, executive director of Unlimited Future, a micro-enterprise development organization in Huntington, said the program would benefit businesses because they would get more recognition.
Woodroofe said 30 Mile Meal makes connections between buyers and producers.
Institutional buying of local foods, like hospitals and schools, is happening more often, she said.
Farmers markets, restaurants and farmers in Athens have "definitely seen an increase in their sales," she said.
"It's really a way to increase the earnings of those people" who are affiliated with local food business, Woodroofe said, "and also to build consumer awareness of the impact of spending your food dollars locally."
In the last year, four restaurants have opened and partnered with 30 Mile Meal to source their meals locally in Athens.
The program now works with 25 restaurants and 150 food partners, but Woodroofe said her goal is to have even more businesses participating.
The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is part of the collaboration, has a 30 Mile Meal map on its website to show where farmers, eateries, nonprofits and more are located in that area.
"My dream is that, in five years we begin to have these overlapping circles. Athens is the epicenter of our 30 Mile Meal project, which almost begins to touch Huntington," she said. "I could imagine we have these 30-mile circles covering Ohio and West Virginia and central Appalachia."
For information, call Patton at 304-412-3171 or email huntington30milem...@gmail.com.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.