(WMC TV) - PROJECT GREEN FORK RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH: Buon Cibo, Highland Court Shopping Center, 2631 McIngvale Road, Hernando, MS, 662-469-9481.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi awarded Buon Cibo the organization's first Community Health Partner Award for restaurants.
"Our local program is working on policies and environmental changes that lead to healthy eating and active living," said Peggy Linton, the foundation's community development director. "(Buon Cibo's) buying fresh produce locally. They're offering portion sizes. So they're doing a lot of the right things. They're setting the example."
Buon Cibo's Josh and Katie Belenchia first set the example in March when their customers nominated their restaurant as a Scorecard Big Tip (click here for that Scorecard).
"They support the community," said Amy Young, an Oxford native who appreciates the Belenchia's support of North Mississippi farms products and produce. "Everything they use is from local farmers."
"We're all about offering choices," said Josh Belenchia. "You can get a half of a sandwich and a small salad or a half a sandwich and a soup -- or you could order a whole pizza and one of Katie's pies!"
"We are encouraging restaurants in all of our (eight Mississippi) counties to aim for this award which will ultimately lead to healthier options for our residents and healthier communities," said Linton.
Mississippi restaurants interested in competing for the foundation's Community Health Partner Award can apply here.
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