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.

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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.

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

Farm to School

GETTING LOCAL FOODS INTO SCHOOLS has benefits that go beyond the lunch tray. When students learn about their foods in the classroom, grow them in the school garden, and taste them in the cafeteria, they are more likely to make healthy choices at home and develop long-lasting nutrition habits. And, when schools invest their food dollars in the local economy, farmers, businesses, and the community all benefit.

Local Food Hub serves more than 70 public schools in eight districts, as well as private schools and universities. Over 40% of students in public schools qualify for free or reduced price meals, and many students rely on school food for their primary source of nutrition. Through snack programs, after-school and summer programs, and the National School Lunch Program, Local Food Hub provides access to farm sourced food for everyone.

Virginia Farm to School Week, organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, provides an opportunity for schools and partnering organizations to highlight efforts that are taking place throughout the year to source more school foods locally, and to provide educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition.  These efforts have benefits that reach beyond the cafeteria since they make a lasting impact on the health and eating habits of the next generation, and farmers benefit from increased market opportunities now and into the future. The week is generally celebrated during the first full week of October.

Local Food Hub works closely with area school partners to develop exciting menus for Farm to School Week, and to organize enriching educational opportunities for students, such as taste tests, meet-the-farmer visits, and gardening activities.

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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