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Connecting local farmers with people in need, adding a missing link to the local food-supply chain, reviving a distressed urban corridor, and boosting the local economy are the goals of a new food hub just opening on the north side of downtown Durham.
Gini Bell of Farmer Foodshare talks about the impact of CCCC's Sustainable Agriculture Program. (Clip begins just after the 5 minute mark.)
At stake was a $25,000 grant from Triangle Community Foundation. Competing for the funds were five groups of partners, selected from more than 50 partnerships that had submitted proposals in response to a request for ideas for innovative, collaborative solutions to community problems.
Picture a class of 20 kindergarteners. Each with a tiny backpack, miniature sneakers and mismatched socks. Nearly all of them will partake in snack time without skipping a beat. But when they pile into busses, carpools or sidewalks toward home, one in four may not have anything to eat until school the next day.
So many people showed up at Steel String Brewery’s first-ever beer festival Sunday that organizers had to start turning people away at the door.
The Sonder Market, a student-run store that brings fresh produce to UNC’s campus, returns Monday after hibernating for the winter. The Sonder Market began selling in the fall semester and aims to provide fresh food for the campus while also reducing food waste, said Claire Strickland, a representative for the Sonder Market.
When Gini Bell registered for a Sustainable Energy Biofuels class at Central Carolina Community College in 2008, working with food was the farthest thing from her mind.
For most foodies the Triangle is a locavore paradise teeming with family farms, fresh markets and seasonal cuisine. But despite this cornucopia, more than 16 percent of our regional neighbors (276,000 adults and children) are considered “food insecure.” Struggling to make ends meet, they know what it means to be hungry.
At the market, we contribute to the Farmer Foodshare program that distributes fresh produce to Durham residents. In a state where one in five residents -- one in four children -- is food-insecure, and even more have little access to fresh produce, Farmer Foodshare meets an urgent need.
Since Farmer Foodshare started, the market has collected $877.80 and donated 96 pounds of food all for the benefit of area residents who don't have easy access to fresh food-or just can't afford to buy it.
This week, volunteers will be out at Triangle-area farmers’ markets to encourage attendees to donate to Farmer Foodshare, a program to provide fresh food for local residents in need.
The sixth annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge gears up next week: 100 percent of cash donations will be used to purchase fresh food from North Carolina family farms for hunger agencies feeding families.
It can be difficult to eat healthy on a tight budget. Several organizations in Durham, including both of the city's farmers' markets, have found creative ways to make it more affordable to get local, healthy foods.
For many people spring means a return to the bounty of fresh, local food from farmers markets. But for the one in five people in North Carolina who are facing hunger, that bounty is not an option.
Mary Linda Andrews of GlaxoSmithKline & Margaret Gifford of Farmer Foodshare talk about the 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards. (Interview begins just after the 15 minute mark.)
GSK and Triangle Community Foundation today announced the GSK IMPACT Award Winners in a ceremony at GSK’s Research Triangle Park facility. Nine local nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier Triangle region.
Two Triangle-based nonprofits that help to feed the hungry were among nine nonprofits that each received $40,000 grants yesterday from the GSK and Triangle Community Foundation.
When Gini Bell plots her world takeover, she thinks in terms of garden produce.“My evil plan is to take over the world with fresh fruits and vegetables,” she said. Bell is the operations manager at the Chapel Hill nonprofit Farmer Foodshare, which provides local, fresh food to food-insecure populations in North Carolina.
Margaret Gifford just connected the dots.
Noticing the gap between two different aspects of her life—shopping at the Carrboro Farmers Market and volunteering with the Inter-Faith Council—she decided to make the two ends meet.
There is something about feeding people that makes many of us feel that we’re giving and showing our love. An afternoon spent on a birthday cake for a child, a few hours put aside to make a special meal for our significant other, food brought to new parents or the bereaved – these are all ways we show we care through food.
The federal government shutdown could threaten disability and food-assistance benefits for some in North Carolina, according to groups charged with helping that population.
Continuing the discussion from last week, the Fifth Annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge begins Monday, September 23 - Saturday, September 28th 2013 at 13 markets across the state. The goal of the challenge is to raise 20,000 fresh meals from markets across the Triangle.
Much is happening on the sustainable food scene of late! Jumping right in, Farmer Foodshare is kicking off its Fifth Annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge from September 23-28, 2013 with a Friendly Competition for Health: FARMER FOODSHARE ANNOUNCES THE 5th ANNUAL FARMER FOODSHARE CHALLENGE
Compete to Support Local Farms and Increase Healthy Food Options for People at Risk of Hunger
Just a short drive from the farmers’ market you’ll find Iglesia Emanuel. This is a small but thriving Hispanic congregation that is in partnership with the Durham Presbyterian Church on Roxboro Street. Iglesia Emanuel, along with the everyday responsibilities of running a church, operates a food pantry for those in the Durham community that are food insecure. They also nourish the community with weekly dinners for folks who are in need of a warm meal.
Have you ever visited the Durham Farmers’ Market and wondered about the table at the center of the Pavilion that is collecting donations and has a table full of produce? Well, that is our Farmer Foodshare Donation Station.
“For the Love of Carrboro” is an annual series of events celebrating the town of Carrboro. The final event concluding “For the Love of Carrboro” week was the second annual Valentine’s Day Food Truck Rodeo, which raised money for Farmer Foodshare.
This Valentine’s Day, Carrboro residents showed their love for the town and local charities through food, fun and fundraising.
Farmer Foodshare’s POP Food Market is delighted to support Robert Cates as he and his team of chefs cook fresh, healthy and local food for 500 children.
TABLE, a nonprofit organization based in Carrboro, launched its newest program, TABLE for Two, this month — which is National Farm to School month. TABLE for Two aims to introduce children to healthy eating habits.
Weaver Street Market honored the recipients of the 2012 Weaver Street Market Cooperative Community Fund Grants.
“Finish all the food on your plate,” my mother used to say. “Remember the starving children in (wherever)!” These two exhortations never united into a coherent concept for me; how did uneaten food on my plate relate to needy folk elsewhere?
Farmers’ markets in the Triangle, including Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary, are participating in the Farmer Foodshare Challenge to raise fresh local food donations to combat hunger in our area and provide families with healthy fresh food.
"We are a food producer, we're even a food exporter and yet we are top in the nation for hunger, particularly hunger for children under age 5, we are number one tied with Louisiana."
Most of us take for granted knowing where our next meal is coming from, whether it be Lenoir, somewhere on Franklin Street or whatever is in the fridge. But for many North Carolina families, such comforts don’t exist…
Guest with guts: Jonathan Bloom of Farmer Foodshare talks about connecting farmers markets with hungry families.
"Food is not free. Good food is never free. We can provide food for the hungry and pay farmers. We believe you can do both. We look for ways to make that happen on a sustainable basis."
Roses to Margaret Gifford and the staff, volunteers and farmers who have, in just three years, built the Farmer Foodshare program into a terrific success.
I really hope this is successful, because we need it.
The BCBS Foundation has awarded the grassroots nonprofit organization a $450,000 grant to expand its programs that connect local farmers with local organizations that distribute food to communities at risk of hunger and malnutrition.
The 12-year-old Rogers-Herr Middle School student eagerly chewed on the fresh-boiled corn, which grew just miles away on Lyon Farms in Creedmoor. “I like that it’s healthy,” she said. “It’s not like chips and stuff. They taste good too.”
When nonprofits collaborate, it typically results in increased services for those the organizations serve, and the collaboration of Farmer Foodshare and Student U is no exception, resulting in fresh local food served three times a week to about 240 kids.
Margaret Gifford started Farmer Foodshare by taking a box to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market to collect unsold food from farmers who otherwise would have pitched it into the compost heap. Instead, Gifford took that food to a local soup kitchen…
Stopped by the Farmer Foodshare booth briefly and it looks like Durhamites are not forgetting their neighbors in need of fresh and healthy food! It was also very awesome to see young folks volunteering with them and helping their community.
Farmer Foodshare is co-hosting a social hour with Self-Help Credit Union and the Opportunity Finance Network in Durham.
Reem, a 10-year-old girl, went to the Carrboro Farmers' Market for the first time recently and bought flowers for her mom, peppers for her dad and chocolate for her brother.
A group of children aged 4 to 11 visited the Carrboro Farmers' Market market as part of the Farm to TABLE program, a recent collaboration between two local organizations that focus exclusively on easing child hunger.
The State of Things Host Frank Stasio talks with Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline and Margaret Gifford, founder and executive director of Farmer Foodshare, about their partnership to end food insecurity in North Carolina and Wilco’s new CD.
Wilco has teamed up with Farmer Foodshare, a nonprofit that supports local farmers in North Carolina while helping to feed hungry people in the community. The indie-rock band threw its support behind the third annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge.
One area non-profit has given generous donations to local organizations, and in a couple of weeks, its members will honor the recipients of those funds.
Summer Bicknell of Locopops recently called to Farmer Foodshare. "If you get a call from the band Wilco, it's real. Return it."
Chicago band Wilco is supporting the latest Farmer Foodshare Challenge.
There are several upcoming opportunities to donate to Farmer Foodshare, a Triangle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting fresh local food and donations to help those in our community at risk of going hungry.
Triangle-area farmers and residents will be teaming up this Wednesday to help feed hungry folks in our area during a special event that lets families get involved in solving a community problem while buying fresh produce.
WILCO brings fans, local triangle businesses and farmers together to collect fresh local food and to raise money for hunger relief at farmers markets on September 24th and at their September 27th show at the Raleigh Amphitheatre.
Even as Hurricane Irene threatens, one farmer’s market is planning an outdoor event this Saturday to benefit local residents in need. The Hillsborough Farmer’s Market is partnering with Farmer Foodshare for a new program called Farm to Family.
Food insecure children are finding fresh produce in their lunch boxes thanks to local farmers and volunteers. Two non-profits, Farmer Foodshare and TABLE, are dedicated to putting food in the hands of people in need. The two have now joined forces...
One of Farmer Foodshare’s missions is to give the best produce – the greenest, the freshest.
Farmer Foodshare recognizes that as important as canned and other shelf-stable goods are to hungry people, fresh produce is essential too. It not only helps increase nutrition, but offers a sense of community…
Joe Kwon took the time to chat with CHM about the fundraiser, food on the road and his local favorites.