ACCESS TO FRESH PRODUCE FOR EFPS
Below are resources to help your food pantry or soup kitchen access fresh produce:
- Purchase vegetables directly from a local farmer.
For information on how to adapt our Local Produce Link model to your site, contact Sonya Kharas at Just Food at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212-645-9880 ext. 227.
- Request a Local Produce Link drop-off site in your neighborhood. Local Produce Link is a program that brings fresh vegetables from regional farms to food pantries in NYC. The program is a partnership between United Way of NYC and Just Food. United Way pays farmers directly for the vegetables with funding from the New York State Department of Health, and food pantries receive the produce free of cost.
- Sign up for CSA shares. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is way for families and individuals to purchase vegetables directly from a local farm. The farmer is paid up front for the produce at the beginning of the growing season. Then, throughout season, the farm will deliver your “share” of the harvest each week. Some CSA programs operate in low-income communities and have flexible payment options available for members, including sliding scale pricing, payments spread out over time, and the use of food stamps.
To learn more about CSA, please click here.
- Request donations of fresh vegetables. You can contact one of the following groups to ask for donations of fresh vegetables: