Community Partnerships

Creating a vibrant, resilient local food system with small farms at its center takes a whole community working together. Our communities’ generosity and support allows Local Food Hub to partner with other area nonprofit organizations to ensure that the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community.

By working with hunger-relief organizations and health clinics, Local Food Hub is getting fresh, nutritious food to those who need it most. And by partnering with youth organizations, school gardening programs, and after-school and summer cooking programs, Local Food Hub is educating a new generation of eaters about the value of eating fresh and local.

Local Snacks for Schoolchildren with Harvest of the Month

Local Food Hub is a partner in City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville City Schools’ Harvest of the Month: Garden to Table Snack Program. Every month, elementary school students receive a fresh, healthy snack featuring a locally sourced food item grown by Local Food Hub partner farms, as well as nutrition, garden, and culinary education to complement the snacks. The program is connecting students to their food and helping them develop lifelong eating habits.

“The Charlottesville community is so fortunate to have Local Food Hub building capacity for local growers and building connections that bring local food into the city public schools. Our Harvest of the Month Program is greatly enhanced by the ability to source from Local Food Hub.”
– Jeanette Abi-Nader, Executive Director of City Schoolyard Garden

Educating Our Children

The PB&J Fund is a nonprofit organization that works with Charlottesville youth to develop healthier eating habits. Local Food Hub provides fresh fruits and vegetables for its in-school, after-school, and summer cooking programs, and connects students to information about the farms where the food is grown.

Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program

The Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program is a partnership between Local Food Hub and three area health clinics that “prescribes” patients a biweekly supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, grown by Local Food Hub partner farms. The prescriptions include recipes and educational programs that help to encourage home cooking and develop familiarity with new foods.

We piloted this program in 2015 with grant funding from the Virginia Department of Health. The program was a tremendous success and demonstrated positive changes in attitudes towards and knowledge about healthy eating, as well as measured improvements in health. Thanks to generous support from our community, we operated this program for 90 patients for 24 weeks in 2016. We are currently planning for the 2017 season and will continue to rely on our community to ensure another successful year.

“I signed up [for the vegetable prescription program] because I knew that local, fresh foods would keep my blood pressure in balance. It’s introducing me to foods I’ve never tried before. I feel a motivation to do even more. Local foods are important to the community. I went to the farmers market this past Saturday morning. The prices were pretty good. So I said to myself, ‘I think I can do this.’”
– Fresh Farmacy Patient 

Farm to Workplace

In 2015, Local Food Hub and Crutchfield Corporation launched a new partnership to increase access to local food and promote healthy eating habits. Through Crutchfield’s Employee Wellness Program, participating employees receive a biweekly share of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables grown by Local Food Hub partner farms, and the cost is shared by the corporation. The program was renewed for a second year in 2016, and we are currently examining possible expansion to other local businesses and organizations.

“Everything was great [in this week’s Farm to Workplace share]! I’m so glad I signed up. I was a little nervous at first that I wouldn’t get enough or wouldn’t like the selection, but when I walked through the door [at home with my produce share], my kids were delighted. They couldn’t wait to help cut up the zucchini and squash for dinner that night. While dinner was cooking my daughter cut up the fruit for dessert!”
– Angie Eubanks, Crutchfield Corporation Employee and Farm to Workplace Participant  

 

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Nourishing the Hungry

For many Virginians who rely on food assistance programs, local foods are often out of reach. The Emergency Food Network, which helps families in short-term food crisis, is seek­ing to change this paradigm, and has partnered with Local Food Hub to offer a regular supply of local fruits and vegetables to its clients. Local Food Hub also donates thousands of pounds of produce each year to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, so local food makes its way into feeding programs throughout the region.

“Our partnership with Local Food Hub to deliver fresh local produce to our clients has been an unqualified success, aided by their helpful, enthusiastic, and flexible staff, and of course their delicious and high-quality produce.”
– Mike Signer, Chair of Emergency Food Network

Your Support

Getting fresh, nutritious food to those who need it most relies on the generosity of individual donors. If you would like to help increase access to local food for all segments of our community, please donate today, or contact Kristen Suokko at (434) 224-0625 or kristen@localfoodhub.org.

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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