Farmer Foodshare and the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service Partner to Raise Fresh Local Food for Over 800 Holiday Meals

Inter-Faith Council’s Holiday Meal Program Serves Higher Than Ever Number of Local Households in Need

Farm Fresh for the Holidays!This holiday season, Farmer Foodshare, a local farmers’ market hunger relief program, is supporting the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s Holiday Meals program with donations of fresh local food. Donation Stations at Carrboro Farmers’ Market and South Estes Farmers’ Markets are raising money to add delicious, locally-grown greens, sweet potatoes and other items for 420 local families in need through the Farm Fresh for the Holidays! campaign.

“The IFC provides an immense amount of emergency food and other critical services to households and individuals in need in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County,” said Margaret Gifford, founder and co-director, Farmer Foodshare. “Farm Fresh for the Holidays! is a concerted effort to get fresh local food into the holiday meal bags. We are pleased to be able to contribute these delicious and nutritious items to the IFC’s Holiday Meals.

“Over 18% of local families are struggling with poverty and in danger of hunger or homelessness,” said Chris Moran, executive director, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. “The grocery bags will provide a full meal of turkey or ham, stuffing, vegetables, bread and dessert to a local family in need.”

How to Help

To ensure that everyone can enjoy a healthy, nutritious meal over the upcoming holidays, go to to print a coupon to enclose with your gift. To donate to the Farm Fresh for the Holidays! campaign at Farmer Foodshare, email Margaret Gifford at, or donate online at:

About Farmer Foodshare

Farmer Foodshare provides fresh locally grown food to people at risk for hunger, while also supporting farmers and enhancing community economic development. We work with community partners to build an inclusive, economically viable and socially just local food system in North Carolina. For more information, visit

About the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service meets basic needs and helps individuals and families achieve their goals. We provide shelter, food, direct services, advocacy and information to people in need. We accomplish this through strong partnerships with volunteers, staff and those we serve. We rely on the active involvement of caring individuals, congregations and other community organization. For more information, visit