Everyone deserves access to fresh food. Fighting hunger and building healthy, viable food systems go hand in hand.

WHO WE ARE:

After seeing gaps in the local food system, farmers and shoppers at the Carrboro Farmers Market founded Farmer Foodshare in 2009. We now serve fresh local produce to over 20,000 people a year with the support of dozens of local farmers, farmers markets, community volunteers, student groups, and non-profit partners.

WHAT WE DO:

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.

HOW WE DO IT:

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Donate money at a Donation Station to buy produce directly from local farmers.

  • Volunteer with us at our donation stations, POP Market or other programs.

  • Invest in the Farmer Foodshare Fund and collaborate with us as a partner.