Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is growing a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of New England farmers and eaters. Farm Fresh Rhode Island began offering Bonus Bucks for SNAP shoppers at its own 8 farmers markets in 2009, funded completely with corporate, foundation and individual donations. In 2015, Farm Fresh signed on to a multi-state funding program that allowed us to offer Bonus Bucks at markets statewide. And in 2019, Farm Fresh increased the amount of incentive available from 40% of a SNAP purchase to 100% of a SNAP purchase, with the support of federal funding. Bonus Bucks bring fresh local foods within reach for many families by making the healthy choice the easy choice, while at the same time creating viable farmer markets in low-income neighborhoods.
Cedar Creek, TX
Fresh for Less Mobile Markets serve Austin and Travis County neighborhoods facing economic and geographic barriers to good food and lacking a full-service grocery store. Site hosts include community health centers, YMCAs, schools, a church, a VFW post, public library and low-income apartment complex. Due to COVID-19, we immediately revamped our delivery model to meet customer needs, most of whom are low-income. We utilize a Mobile Market Model and a COVID-19 Home Curbside Delivery Model.
Food For Thought Denver
FFT’s goal is to alleviate weekend food insecurity among students whose families are low income. FFT’s only program is to provide food so students experiencing poverty can leave school on Friday afternoon with the confidence that they will be able to prepare and eat simple meals throughout the weekend. In its elementary and middle schools, FFT’s volunteers pack and distribute PowerSacks that contain nonperishable items that can feed a family of four two meals, plus snacks. In all high schools and some middle and elementary schools, FFT operates food pantries where students can select the foods they prefer. The program delivers food to each school throughout the school year (36 weeks). Deliveries are made to each school every other Friday so FFT can serve more schools than it would otherwise be able to, given funding limitations. However, because almost every family has at least two students attending the school, most families will receive two PowerSacks, which will provide enough food for two weekends.
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
FoodCorps believes in a future where every child—regardless of race, place, or class—gets the nourishment they need to thrive. We partner with people dedicated to creating that future: from educators and school leaders, to national alliances and community-based organizations, to our AmeriCorps service members and students themselves. We collaborate with these peers to demonstrate the power of food in schools and ensure our country’s systems work together to nurture every child’s potential. For nearly a decade, FoodCorps has collaborated with school communities to connect kids to healthy food. Our culturally responsive direct service program centers our community partners’ visions to transform schools into places where kids learn about healthy food, fall in love with it, and eat it every day. We leverage our school-by-school impact to influence changes in the systems, policies, and culture that shape our kids' relationship with food.
Santa Cruz, CA
2021, 2020, 2019
“Food, What?!” (FW) is a youth empowerment and food justice organization. At FW, youth engage in relationships with land, food and each other in ways that are grounded in love and justice. We provide meaningful space where youth cultivate their empowerment, liberation and wellbeing. We are uniquely positioned as an organization that supports youth well-being by inviting them to directly participate in their local food system through organic farming. Through all that we do, two things remain centered: youth power and inspiring food. Youth join FW through our Spring Internship, Summer Job Training, Fall Project Management on our Santa Cruz and Watsonville farm sites. FW youth use organic farming, nourishing food and loving community as vehicles to grow on their own terms and in lasting ways. The FW Crew grows, cooks, eats and distributes healthy food while addressing local food justice issues.
2021, 2020, 2017
Our mission is to cultivate and sustain a resilient local food community in North Central Florida through collaboration, economic opportunity, education, and seed stewardship. From seed to plate, we take a systems-based approach: Southern Heritage Seed Collective preserves southern food culture and biodiversity through seed saving and education. National collaborations help us protect regionally adapted seed and our program offers training, employment, and rehabilitation for adults with disabilities.
Youth Gardening offers hands-on education for elementary aged, at-risk youth. Nature, food, gardening, healthy eating, science, art and more come alive in our gardens.
Culinary Incubator provides facilities and business development to entrepreneurs starting or building a food-based business. We currently support 21 entrepreneurs, including many minority and women-owned operations.
Friends of Zenger Farms
2021, 2020, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013
For 20 years, Zenger Farm has been teaching people where healthy food comes from, how it grows, and the importance of eating it every day. Zenger Farm utilizes a 24 acre combined organic farm and wetland to provide unique, hands-on learning opportunities for youth and adults. We are a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. We seek to train a diverse and inclusive, next generation of farmers. As per the USDA 2017 Census, 96% of Oregon’s principal farmers (decision makers) are white. Racism, colonialism, capitalism and other systems of oppression are deeply tied to the history of agriculture in Oregon and the United States. At Zenger Farm, we believe that this trauma and history must be acknowledged, and the resilience of these communities celebrated and honored, if we are to fully empower our Farm Apprentices in future careers managing the land and its natural resources. Programs which do not directly address this history may fail to create a good learning environment for people who are affected by it, particularly Black and Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and notably Latinx people, especially those who have migrated here themselves, or descended from migrant laborers.
Frisco Student Fastpacs
Frisco Fastpacs provides weekly food packs to at-risk school-aged children in Frisco ISD schools. For the 2021-2022 school year, Frisco Fastpacs plans to serve 1,100 children across all Frisco ISD schools and provide at least 45,000 weekend meal packs. Each pack provides enough non-perishable, easily prepared food to cover the seven meals from when the children are released from school on Friday afternoon through their return on Monday morning.
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
Gardeneers cultivates customized school garden programs to ensure each space, and the students and communities who care for them, connect with healthy food and grow to their full potential. Gardeneers was founded in 2014 to provide more equitable access to healthy food and food education for Chicago youth living in food desert communities. We currently serve a network of 20 partner schools in low income, high crime rate communities of Chicago that are also food insecure, where residents do not have convenient or affordable access to fresh healthy foods.
Gardeneers provides direct service weekly garden education programs for students K-12th grade. The pillars of our experiential, STEM based programs are Supporting Student Nutrition, Connecting with Community, and Experiencing Nature. In 2019 Gardeneers served over 2,000 students per week in our hands on garden education programs.
Gleaning Network of Texas
2021, 2019, 2018
The mission of GROW North Texas is to connect North Texans to food, farms, and community to create a sustainable, secure regional food system that enriches the land, encourages economic opportunity through food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents.
We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food. Looking from a systems perspective, we seek to understand the root causes of food issues.