Thank you for your support in 2014!

 

Thank you to our 2014 supporters! With your help this year, we were able to make an impact in the lives of thousands of needy eaters and hundreds of local farmers. You are truly the reason that this work is possible!

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In 2014, Donation Stations collected 55,000 pounds of food and spent $30,000 in new money at Farmers Markets in 8 NC counties. POP Market sold 85,000 pounds of local food, spending over $100,000 with local farmers. This means $130,000 in new money from previously inaccessible markets was spent with local farmers. Local hunger was alleviated by connecting over 20,000 people through local hunger relief agencies with over 140,000 pounds of fresh healthy food. And over 200 volunteers throughout the state helped to build these local food systems with us.


We couldn't have done it without you. The coming year promises to be even bigger and better, and we look forward to having you along with us for the ride!

Bringing everyone to the table with Reality Ministries

Reality Ministries has been a recipient of the Durham Farmers’ Market’s Wednesday Donation Station since the fall of 2013, and the results of the past year have been incredible. At that time, Reality Ministries was serving one lunch a week, and fresh local vegetables rarely graced the plate. That quickly changed. Since the partnership began, daytime participants from Reality Ministries regularly serve as volunteers at the Donation Station, where all of the fresh food collected is used in the community center lunches. Reality Ministries has expanded their food program to offer daily, home cooked lunches. 

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Farm Fresh for the Holidays 2014

Since the founding of Farmer Foodshare in 2009, the IFC has regularly supported local farmers. The holidays are no exception. Farmer Foodshare and the IFC team up every November and December to offer something special through an annual event, Farm Fresh for the HolidaysNeedy families can now enjoy fresh, local produce from NC farms to round out the non-perishable groceries. 

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Harvest Ball 2014

Thank you to all for making the Harvest Ball a Success! 

On the last Saturday in October, we held our fall fundraising event, the First Annual Harvest Ball and Auction - and what a ball it truly was! Tables adorned with pumpkins, and other fall décor mingled with the natural beauty of the Magic Wings Butterfly House, creating a picturesque atmosphere. Jazz music provided a subtle backdrop to the buzz of conversation floating about the room. Our turnout was incredible, with nearly one hundred guests, sponsors, and supporters present!

Drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres were served, including incredible crostini from Toast, hoppin’ brews provided by Triangle Brewing Company, delectable pimento cheese sandwiches and more from Farmers Table Restaurant Group, and Judge Carl Fox’s cheesecake, a favorite by all! Following the silent auction, we had remarks from our Executive Director Gini Bell, Child Care Services Association (and former Pyewacket) chef Muskie Cates, and our own Board Chair and RambleRill Farms owner, Darin Knapp. There was much discussion of the work that Farmer Foodshare has done over the last five years and the importance of merging the gap between food scarcity and our agricultural viability and abundance.

Following the remarks the live auction began, and the true excitement surmounted. Several items created light rivalries, as guests vied over everything from pie a month club to yacht days and tickets to a UNC-Duke basketball game. Paddles and quick hand waves flashed about the room as the auctioneer gasped for breath, turning as red as a deliciously ripe tomato! Although some faced slight defeat in their ventures for items, everyone who participated had fun. The Harvest Ball was an immense success, and we are so ecstatic about the outcome of this event!

Thanks so much to all of our supporters, volunteers, and sponsors for making this event possible, we sincerely could not have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you all next year at the Second Annual Harvest Ball!

A Day in the Life of the POP Market

As Farmer Foodshare’s new POP Market Manager, last Saturday was a rite of passage for me as I hauled 151 boxes of fresh, local goodness from area farmers to the Farmer Foodshare warehouse in Durham. Normally this weekly ritual falls to our driver, but Ryan had a week off and so it was up to me to collect the 12 bushels of butternuts, 40 bushels of apples, 18 bushels of red potatoes, 20 bushels of sweet potatoes, 22 half bushels of zucchini, and a “few” other veggies on order for the morning. 

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