- Categories: Community Care Fund
- Tags: Food Insecurity
Community Care Grant Project Name & Year Funded:
- Farmer Foodshare Donation Station Program, 2014
About Farmer Foodshare:
Farmer Foodshare connects people who grow food with people who need food. Simply put, we strive to make fresh, local food available to everyone in the community, and to make sure farmers growing it make a healthy living.
Our first strategy is a simple farmers’ market based approach that takes food donations from market shoppers and farmers and connects them to a local hunger relief agency. These Donation Stations can now be found at markets around the state. This incredibly successful effort has gotten fresh food flowing locally and fosters community engagement.
Our second strategy, the POP Market, was born out of requests from our community partners, who were seeking a more sustainable model to buy fresh local produce. The POP Market purchases food from small family farms looking for new markets, and sells it to non-profit organizations serving low-wealth communities.
As our initial strategies became more successful, we found that education and support were needed to make the services more widely accessible. Along with our partners, we worked to develop Food Ambassadors to increase the ability of agencies and individuals to use and enjoy fresh produce. Food Ambassadors provides everything from cooking demos to agency incentives.