A Whole Community, Inc. (AWC) reclaims imperfect produce from local farms and shares it with local food pantries, free meal sites, and low income neighborhoods.
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 from the Farm Produce (vegetables and fruits) provided to those in need at food pantries, community meal sites, low-income neighborhoods, and through gleaning programs.
3) Increase Nutrition (recipes are provided and food demonstrations with taste testing are offered, as funds allow)
72 Farms/Sources shared
6,465 boxes of fresh from the farm, local produce
Weighing 136,226 pounds
Produce valued at $113,946
Provided to 55 food pantries, served meal sites, and low income neighborhoods
Shared with over 5,000 individuals (monthly)
That’s 544,904 servings (4 oz.)
With recipes and nutrition sessions provided
FUNDING IS NEEDED: Donations help provide fresh produce to needy families by sponsoring food pantries, meal sites, and low-income neighborhoods to receive local produce throughout the Summer and Fall. Please consider donating! Every dollar donated helps! Click here to donate.
Our Partners: Apple Creek Historical Society, Green Field Farms, OSU-OARDC, OSU-ATI, community farmers, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 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, University of Akron, Ashland County Health & Wellness Committee, Community Action Wayne/Medina, Viola Startzman Free Clinic, local schools, over 50 Food Pantries, Served Meal Sites, and low-income neighborhoods in Wayne, Ashland, Medina, Summit, and Coshocton Counties, 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: “We all have something to share”
“All have value”
” We need each other.”