Donation Stations raise local funds at farmers’ markets to buy top-quality fresh local food for people at risk for hunger. Shoppers buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and we buy and donate on their behalf. Farmers also donate excess food.
POP Food Market develops, funds and supports food and farm social enterprises that increase access to fresh local food in food deserts or low wealth communities.
- Food Ambassadors educates consumers and eaters about local, seasonal fresh food.
- Farm to Family CSA provides predictable amounts of fresh local food to families who are at risk for hunger or malnutrition and who can’t easily access food pantries
- Farmer Foodshare Fund spurs community economic development, particularly in economically distressed areas.
- FreshKids! “Farm to Children” program provides a weekly supply of nutritious locally grown food to agencies that serve children at risk for hunger.
Community and Environmental Impact
The Farmer Foodshare program creates a virtuous circle whereby we connect the bounty of local farmers with those who need food the most. We also provide a way for communities to build systems to strengthen rural community economic development. We create connections between farmers and those who serve people at risk for hunger, including afterschool programs, low income senior centers, mental health care facilities, community shelters and more. Because the food we provide is locally grown, we also help reduce greenhouse emissions related to shipping in emergency food or processed food produced outside of North Carolina.
Other Collaborative Programs
We have also collaborated with partners on other programs, including:
The Community Math Academy Project, funded in part by Farmer Foodshare, provides an opportunity for students attending Cleveland County’s Community Math Academy to practice their math skills while learning about locally-grown foods and the importance of giving back to the community.