Sep 24, 2009
Foodshare Challenge this SATURDAY at the Carrboro Farmer's Market
CARRBORO FARMERS' MARKET THIS SATURDAY 8AM UNTIL NOON
Please join the Carrboro Farmers’ Market farmers in challenging local residents to come out to the Carrboro Farmers Market on Saturday, September 26th between 8a and noon to raise 1000 pounds of food to feed the hungry. The CFM farmers have donated over 7,500 pounds of marketable food since June to organizations that feed the hungry in Orange, Chatham and Durham Counties.
On Saturday, we will give shoppers the opportunity to follow our farmers' example. They can buy their groceries at the market and while they are there, donate a bag of food for the hungry.
According to the USDA, NC is the second highest state in the country for childhood hunger. One in four children in North Carolina do not have adequate access to food. The FoodShare Challenge is a great opportunity for local residents to come to the market, support the farmers and learn more about what we can all do to help feed the hungry in our community.
The event will feature photos from nationally recognized photographer Donn Young, of The North Carolina Hunger Project, and educational information from hunger relief organizations from Raleigh, Durham, Chatham, Orange and Wake Counties. The event will have art activities for children, a donation station and lots of good food -- all for a good cause.
In addition to volunteers, participating community organizations include: The Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, The Society of St. Andrews, Durham Branch of the central and eastern NC Food Bank, Fair Local Organic student organization from UNC, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and the Chatham County Outreach Alliance. Eastern Carolina Organics (E.C.O.) and Weaver Street Market of Southern Village are donating the boxes and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh will be doing the deliveries with their refrigerated trucks.
Please call or email Margaret Gifford at 919.967.6464 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sarah Blacklin at 919.280.3326 or email@example.com for more information, or to volunteer or donate.
More info on: Carrboro's Farmer Foodshare
Thanks again for spreading the word! The community response was amazing. Despite a cold, rainy day, shoppers came out in droves and we raised 1,736 pounds of food in one morning - almost double our goal. The food was distributed by our FLO volunteers from UNC, led by Adam Sherwood, and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Our Farmer FoodShare total for 19 weeks is 9,810 pounds of fresh food for local food banks and community organizations that feed the hungry. We're pretty sure we can reach 10,000 pounds of food within the next two weeks. We'll be collecting at every Carrboro Farmers' Market so feel free to come out any time and "buy a bag of food for yourself and give a bag of food for the hungry!"
Local food is more nutritious. The Carrboro Farmers' Market food is the same food that is served by Lantern Restaurant (one of the foodshare challenge sponsors), Magnolia Grill, Watts Grocery, GlassHalfFull and many other fine restaurants. We're so thankful to the farmers and shoppers of Carrboro Farmers' Market to be able to provide this food to people who don't normally have access to it.
Note: I've heard that Durham Farmers' Market and the State Farmers Market have similar surplus food collection programs. However, if anyone wants to start a similar program at their own farmers market, or with a local grocery store, just let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to share learnings from our own program.
Posted by: Margaret Gifford | Sep 29, 2009 12:59:46 PM