We did it! We met the 2011 matching grant challenge!

Thank you to all the community supporters who helped us meet the $10K challenge. Together, we raised over $18,000 in additional funds, which ended up providing approximately $28,000 in year end donations! 

There were individual donations from agency partners, farmers market friends and local businesses, including Curves of Carrboro and the Medi-Weightloss Clinic of Durham. Family foundations helped out too — including the Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Foundation, The Ruth and Stephen Grant Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, The Vision Fund of The Triangle Community Foundation and The Noel Family Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation. The excellent staff at the Triangle Community Foundation helped immensely, not to mention our generous and kind anonymous donor who started it all with the challenge! 

The funds from this challenge will be used to strengthen our core Donation Station program. We will buy food from local farms for agencies that feed the hungry, creating circles of support and fresh food flows between farms and the agencies. We will also use these funds to support program development for the Donation Stations, with the goal of strengthening our ability to respond to demand for new Donation Stations in communities in the Triangle and beyond.

Several donors earmarked donations to be used for food purchases at specific markets, including Durham and Charlotte’s Atherton Market. The Medi-WeightLoss Clinic of Durham funds will provide fresh food from farms for the children at TABLE in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, as well as help Farmer Foodshare replicate the Farmer Foodshare FreshKids! program for other communities. Curves of Carrboro donations went to purchase food for the Inter-Faith Council of Social Service in Chapel Hill and Carrboro holiday meals! 

Thank you so very much for your support. If you ever have any questions about how your dollars are put to work to build a healthier and more just community food system in North Carolina, please contact us. We’re dedicated to 100% transparency in all that we do and we aim to make every dollar generate additional sustainable support for the community members and agencies that we serve. 

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To see the Donation Station program at work, please check out this short video by UNC intern, Cait Bold, on the program at Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

 Special thanks for participating to market manager, Sarah Blacklin, and the farmers, volunteers and Farmer Foodshare community partners at Carrboro Farmers’ Market! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4IMWX9PiIQ