Farmers, non-profit supply affordable, organic food to low-income families
Published: August 6, 2021
Category: Organic News
In Kentucky and Iowa, local farmers and a non-profit are successfully delivering organic food to families on a tight budget—and feeling terrific about filling a critical need.
Sporting the motto “Fresh food is a basic human right,” New Roots delivers seasonal fruits and vegetables to eight locations near Louisville, twice a month. “We …accept SNAP and EBT benefits … low-income families either pay $6 if they’re on SNAP or $12 if they’re not,” said Travis Brown, operations manager.
Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall grow organic produce on Rootbound Farm, supplying 40 different crops to New Roots’ Fresh Stop Markets. “We’re thrilled that we’re able to leverage their community organizing skills,” Abell said. “[It] gives our work … a deeper sense of purpose when we’re able to engage with the full diversity of our city.”
New Roots is supported by donations, grants and shareholders; it fed 700 families in a recent year. “I think it’s wonderful,” said market manager Laneicea Webb. “People having financial struggles can still eat fresh, locally grown food.”
In Malvern, IA, Tyler Bartley created a large organic garden—his fertile farmland provides something nearby Omaha doesn’t. His Sown Local Foods has tripled its output in five years. The farm uses available lots—even truck parking lots—in areas around Malvern, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, and Pacific Junction. The produce is channeled through a meal delivery service, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. SNAP benefits are accepted.
Sources: Spectrum News; KSBY News
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