A Whole Community, Inc. (AWC) assesses the needs of communities and develops sustainable projects that will meet multiple needs all within one project.
The Community Food Project
The Community Food Project has the following goals:
1) Decrease 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 Produce (vegetables and fruits) being used in food pantries, community meal sites, schools, preschools, and summer programs
How are we doing this?
AWC created a local Farm to School and Farm to Food Pantry project with Wooster Local Roots facility as our base for operations. We provide local, fresh produce direct from the farm to food pantries and meal serve sites. We also sell local, direct from the farm fresh produce to schools, preschools, and summer programs at a reduced price to build sustainability into the project.
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
• Provided 24 Nutrition Sessions with food demos and taste tests at food pantries
THANK YOU for helping us meet our funding goal for 2018!
As we prepare for 2019, FUNDING IS NEEDED: Donations will help pay for the waxed produce boxes and trucking expenses. Would you consider donating? Every dollar donated helps! Click here to donate.
Our Partners: Amish Farmers, OARDC, Local Roots Farmers, D+S Distribution, Local Roots Wooster, Wayne County Health Department, Wayne County Department of Job & Family Services, OSU Extension, College of Wooster, Food Pantries and Served Meal Sites in Wayne, Ashland, Holmes, Medina. Lorain, Summit, and Coshocton Counties, Community Action Wayne/Medina, local schools, 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.”