Fresh Food For All

STORIES

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Every few months, Just Food connects a Local Produce Link pantry coordinator with their farmer for an interview, as a way to share knowledge and build relationships between our urban and rural program partners.

Stories

GROW YOUR OWN!

High quality fresh produce is something that is, in general, sorely lacking in the emergency food system. For this reason, there is a growing movement of food pantries, soup kitchens and other congregate meals programs taking matters into their own hands and starting gardens in order to grow some of their own produce.
 
Why start a garden?
  • Have more fresh produce to distribute or cook for your clients.
  • Your clients deserve the best: Give your clients top quality fresh pr

SETTING UP A DIRECT PURCHASING RELATIONSHIP

Timeline for setting up a direct purchasing relationship
Setting up a direct purchasing relationship takes time.  For this reason, Just Food starts identifying organizations that are interested in establishing a relationship with a local farm in the late summer and fall for the following growing season.  During the winter we work with the organization and go through a matchmaking process to find an appropriate farm with which to set up a relationship that will work well for both the organization and the farmer.
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FARMERS

 Our Local Produce Link Farms

 
Susan and Dennis Roohr
Cookstown, NJ
Farmers: Dennis & Susan Roohr
 
Delivers to Project Hospitality in Staten Island and to Coney Island Lighthouse Mission in Brooklyn
 

RESOURCES

Access to Fresh Produce for EFPs: Aimed at emergency food programs (EFPs), particularly those in NYC, this list of resources provides information on ways for EFPs to access fresh local produce.
 
Cooking Demonstrations and Nutrition Education: Aimed at emergency food programs (EFPs), particularly those in NYC, t

ACCESS TO FRESH PRODUCE FOR EFPS

Below are resources to help your food pantry or soup kitchen access fresh produce: 

  1. 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 sonya@justfood.org or by phone at 212-645-9880 ext. 227.

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