Dear Farmer Foodshare Friend,
Last year, North Carolina’s farmers produced more than 600 million dollars’ worth of fresh fruits and vegetables according to the NCDA’s 2012 Statistics. In the same year, Feeding America reported that over a million North Carolinians could not afford to put enough nutritious food on the table to sustain a healthy diet. At the same time, almost half the fresh food produced in the United States goes to waste.
This is clearly a broken food system where too much food goes to waste while people struggle to eat and farmers struggle to make a living. But the good news is we can fix it and you can help by supporting Farmer Foodshare. Read More
Last week was the 5th annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge and it was more successful than ever before, connecting over a ton of fresh, top quality food for agencies serving food insecure community members and raising more than $2000 to support local farms.
You’ve seen these booths at your local market every weekend where the farmers, shoppers and local hunger relief agencies work together to ensure that everyone has enough fresh and healthy food to eat, and that local farms are supported. Read More
Dear Farmer Foodshare Friends and Community,
I am writing to inform you that Margaret Gifford, our
Founder and Executive Director, is leaving her current post with Farmer
Foodshare in early 2014. To ease the
longstanding burdens of maintaining a two-state family, Margaret will be moving
to New York City where she and her daughter Sophie can unite with her husband
John, who works in NYC for the New York Times. She and all of the Board
members, staff, and volunteers regret that her move is necessary, but we are
united in supporting her plans for her family.
Last year, local urgent hunger agencies supplied over 160,000 Triangle
residents below the poverty line with food according to the Food Bank of
Central and Eastern NC. These community kitchens and food pantries
provide an essential service to the community by supplying individuals with
food they might not get anywhere else. Urgent hunger agencies deserve more
appreciation for the absolutely necessary service they provide, but it’s
crucial that we provide these agencies with the resources and inspiration to do
better. Read More
Farmer Foodshare's annual challenge event
is coming up! Every September as the summer bounty begins to ebb and
shoppers drift away from the market, we like to challenge the community
to come back to the market to support local economy and fight local
hunger. This year we ask for your help to challenge the pantry norm of
processed food by sponsoring healthy meals featuring fresh food.