Farmer Foodshare partners with dozens of community-based organizations, schools, and childcare centers serving diverse communities throughout the Triangle. Together, we’re working to ensure that everyone has access to fresh, nutritious food.
Traditionally, we delivered these orders to our partners in bulk. However, in response to COVID-19, our process has evolved. We now also assemble hundreds of individual boxes for our partners to distribute to their clients. Volunteers are vital to making this program a success. When necessary, we use Fresh Food Funds from donors to help increase the buying power of community-based organizations whose needs outstrip their budgets.
Together since 2017, Farmer Foodshare and Root Causes, a group run by med students at Duke University School of Medicine, have partnered to deliver fresh produce bi-weekly to more than 350 food insecure, low-income patients while also supporting North Carolina farms.
Doctors at 12+ Durham-area health clinics screen and refer the patients (85% identify as BIPOC). Farmer Foodshare sources fresh food from local farms, and Root Causes volunteers pack the produce, along with shelf-stable items, recipes/nutrition information, and other community resources. Volunteers also deliver the boxes to patients at their homes, addressing the transportation barriers many patients face. Using IRB-approved research methods, we study the impact of fresh food on patients’ level of food security, nutritional literacy, and perceived stress.
Our Curbside Market allows individuals and small retailers to purchase fresh food every other Friday directly from our food hub in Durham. Each food box is $20 and features an array of in-season produce.