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 schools, preschools, summer programs, and food pantries
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 free of charge. We also sell local, fresh produce to direct from the farm to schools, preschools, and summer programs at a reduced price to build sustainability into the project.
FUNDING NEEDED FOR 2018: Donations to pay for the waxed produce boxes ($2,085 needed). All other costs have been covered. We can provide 2,288 needy families with fresh produce for the Summer and Fall distributed through 23 food pantries and served meal sites. Would you consider donating? Every dollar donated helps!
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, and Medina Counties, Community Action Wayne/Medina, local schools, and community volunteers
HARVEST SEASON 2017 SUMMARY (17 weeks)
• 27 Farms (Amish Farmers, Local Roots Farmers, and OARDC Research Farms),
• Donated 826 bushel boxes/cases of vegetables and fruit (24 different types), weighing a total of 23,670 pounds
• Received, sorted, and tracked by 40 volunteers and 1 Ohio Works Youth worker,
• Giving 1,163 hours of their time
• 73% went to 12 Food Pantries and Served Meal Sites, who fed 1,326 families
• 11% went to Farm to School
• 10% was given to Volunteers for helping
• 6% composted
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.”