Fresh Food for All
ACCESS TO FRESH PRODUCE FOR EFPS
Below are resources to help you get more fresh produce into your food pantry or soup kitchen, and out to your clients. For resources on nutrition education and cooking classes for your food pantry or soup kitchen, click HERE.
- Purchase vegetables directly from a local farmer. Would you like to use some of your funding to purchase fresh vegetables directly from a local farm? Visit Just Food's Direct Purchasng page to learn more about Fresh Food for All's Direct Purchasing program.
- Request a Local Produce Link drop-off site in your neighborhood. Local Produce Link is a program to bring fresh vegetables from regional farms to food pantries in NYC. The program is a partnership between United Way of NYC and Just Food. United Way pays farmers directly for the vegetables with funding from the New York State Department of Health, and food pantries receive the produce free of cost.
If you operate an emergency food program and would like to learn more about joining Local Produce Link, contact Stacey McCarthy at United Way of NYC at email@example.com or by phone at 212-251-4060.
To learn more about Local Produce Link, click here.
- Sign up for CSA shares. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is way for families and individuals to purchase vegetables directly from a local farm. Typically, the farmer is paid up front for the produce at the beginning of the growing season. Then, throughout season, the farm will deliver your “share” of the harvest each week. Some CSA programs operate in low-income communities and have flexible payment options available for members including sliding scale pricing, payments spread out over time and the use of food stamps.
- Request donations of fresh vegetables. You can contact one of the following groups to ask for donations of fresh vegetables:
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