The Community Food Project has the following goals:
1) Reduce Food Waste (According to Guardian report 2016, roughly 50% of all produce in the United States is thrown away – some 60 million tons, $160 billion worth of produce annually, an amount constituting one third of all food)
2) Increase Local, Fresh Produce (vegetables and fruits) provided to those in need at food pantries, community meal sites, and through gleaning programs.
How are we doing this?
AWC created a local, Farm to Food Pantry project. We provide local, fresh produce direct from the farm to food pantries and community meal sites.
HARVEST SEASON 2018 SUMMARY
• Amish Farmers, Local Roots Farmers, OARDC Research Farms, and Buehler’s
• Donated 3,616 boxes/cases of fresh vegetables and fruit, weighing over 91,000 pounds
• Received, sorted, and tracked by 80 volunteers and 2 Ohio Works Youth workers
• Provided to 46 Food Pantries and Served Meal Sites in 7 counties who fed over 3,800 families monthly from Mid-June through October
• Provided 24 Nutrition Sessions with food demos and taste tests at food pantries
FUNDING IS NEEDED: Donations help provide fresh produce to needy families by sponsoring food pantries to receive local produce for the Summer and Fall. Please consider donating! Every dollar donated helps! Click here to donate.
Our Partners: Green Field Farms, OSU-OARDC, Community Farmers, Wayne County Health Department, Aultman Orrville Hospital, Wooster Community Hospital, Akron Children’s Pediatrics, Wayne County Department of Job & Family Services, OSU Extension Wayne County, College of Wooster, Food Pantries and Served Meal Sites in Wayne, Ashland, Holmes, Medina, Lorain, Summit, and Coshocton Counties, Community Action Wayne/Medina, and community volunteers.
AWC would like to thank the “whole community” who has helped make this possible by each sharing what they have to offer.
Our mottos: “All have value” and ” We need each other.”