We just want to take a minute to thank each and every donor to Donation Station this past year. Over the past year, we have mobilized over 62,000 pounds of local food to be distributed to low socioeconomic individuals via our local food pantries. In the past month, we have been fortunate to have multiple donations by local businesses during the holiday season. For example, Milo's donated more than 4,000 pounds of locally made sauces. The sauces has a retail value of over $8,000. Furthermore, we are getting ready to launch our Donation Station expansion as a mobile market. We are hoping to begin operations by late Spring 2020. Stay tuned for more developments in the New Year.
Nov 26, 2019
Full of Gratitude
By Paige Klunk - AmeriCorps VISTA
Here at CFI it has been a busy few months building resilience in Southeast Ohio. We are happy to share with you several program updates that have been helping us continue on the quest of building resilience in our region.
This fall in October our Gardens Program Coorindator Basil Stein gave seven workshops in all Athens County Public Library locations. The workshops discussed how to use food scraps and leftover greens to plant microgreens and other scraps in jars to grow new edible foods.
Our Donation Station is on track this year to match the poundage that we distributed to low socioeconomic individuals last year via local partner food pantries and other locations. As of November, we have distributed 62,000 pounds of produce.
In September, 3 members of our staff, 1 community member, and 2 Ohio University students had the opportunity to attend the Nourishing Networks Train the Trainer Conference at West Virginia University Jackson Mills. We had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Nourishing Networks curriculum and connect with other food access specialists from across the state of West Virginia to discuss best practices and best ways to reach food insecure individuals. We are excited to be planning and organizaing our first Nourishing Networks trainings to be held in Nelsonville in early 2020.
Our School Gardens curriculum has made its debut in two local elementary schools, which includes doing hands on gardens work with 126 first graders allowing them to spend time in the school garden and discover new fruits and vegetables. Our Gardens Program Director and Sprouts volunteers have already taught over 28 lessons to the first graders.
As this is the season of gratitude, we here at CFI are thankful and gracious for all those who take part in sharing the harvest with us. Whether it be donating to our campaign or contributing volunteer hours, we are all very thankful that you have shared your harvest with us during this year. We hope all our well-wishers have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Oct 3, 2019
Donation Station Update
By Paige Klunk - AmeriCorps VISTA
What a great summer it has been so far this year at Community Food Initiatives! We are in the heart of our busy season here at the end of August, and we are excited to share the updates on how we are feeding families in Athens County and Southeast Ohio.
Donation Station is having a great growing season so far! Donation Station has distributed over 31,000 pounds so far this year and has invested $5,800 in the local food economy by purchasing directly from farmers. Furthermore, we have received over $12,000 in in-kind produce donations from various sources, and we have had commitments from various organizations that will support buying fresh produce throughout the fall and winter seasons.