Fresh Food for All
LOCAL PRODUCE LINK
Local Produce Link is Fresh Food for All's largest project. We are currently working in partnership with United Way of NYC to bring fresh vegetables from local farms to 44 food pantries and soup kitchens in NYC. Local Produce Link receives funding from the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) at the New York State Department of Health.
HOW IT WORKS
In the Local Produce Link model, a farmer delivers fresh produce to a "hub" food pantry each week during the growing season (June through November). On the same day, nearby food pantries pick up their vegetables from the hub food pantry. Veggies are distributed fresh to food pantry clients within 2 days of delivery!
Each food pantry receives three different types of vegetables every week:
one root vegetable
examples include carrots, beets, onions, or potatoes
one cooking or salad green
examples include lettuce, collard greens, cabbage or swiss chard
one seasonal vegetable
examples include zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn, or kohlrabi
Our Local Produce Link farmers are paid by the pound for vegetable deliveries with funding from the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) at the New York State Department of Health. Similar to Just Food’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC Program, the farmer is paid before the growing season begins. Upfront payment is an important benefit to our farmers. As one of our Local Produce Link farmers says:
Farm visits are a great way for food pantry staff, clients and volunteers to learn more about where their vegetables are coming from. In 2011, 313 food pantry staff, volunteers, and clients participated in 6 farm trips! You can learn more and see a slideshow on our Farm Visits page.
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