In June of this year, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market launched a Farmer Foodshare Donation Station to connect their local farmers with agencies that serve people at risk of hunger. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is one of the oldest markets in NC, dating back to 1874. It also resides in one of the most food insecure cities in our nation.
Thanks to the support of Lee Mortenson, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Executive Director, Oscar Menzer, Farmer Foodshare UNC Bonner intern, and Melissa Tinling, FoodCorps Service Member of Guilford County, the Market Donation Station’s first month proved to be one of the strongest of any FFS market Donation Station. The volunteers collected over 700 lbs. of food and spent almost $500 at the market during the month of June.
The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Donation Station currently benefits Mary’s House, a ministry that provides transitional housing to women in recovery from substance abuse, along with their children. It also donates food to agencies affiliated with Share the Harvest, an organization that connects community gardens and gardeners to individuals who are in need.
“It’s really wonderful because the children from Mary’s House can actually participate in purchasing the food at Market. I walk around with them and they use the cash donations at the farmers’ stall,” said Melissa Tinling, “It is a great way for our recipients to be involved.”
Melissa is a previous Carrboro Donation Station volunteer, and has been one of our biggest advocates in getting the Donation Station program up and running in Greensboro. Not only does she spearhead the program, but she helps run the Greensboro Donation Station every week. She is currently working to recruit a crew of volunteers who care about the Farmer Foodshare mission and can keep the Donation Station running through the end of year.
The Curb Market is located at 501 Yanceyville Street at the corner of Lindsay Street, just east of Downtown. It operates year round on Saturday’s from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (May through December).