In a year marked by a global pandemic, FRESHFARM confronted our fair share of challenges. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Washington, DC metro area in March, we responded quickly, shifting our operations dramatically and establishing creative ways to continue to serve our communities. FRESHFARM remained resilient as we worked to keep our farmers markets open, increase food access for vulnerable families and seniors, and pivot to virtual food education for students.
In the midst of a national reckoning on racial justice, we took a hard look at our personal and organizational biases, and pushed forward to address these challenges to promote a just and equitable food system. We dove deep into the important work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and committed to making sustained, intentional changes to become an anti-racist organization.
Despite the challenges of 2020, it was a year of new pathways and new successes for FRESHFARM. After merging with Community Foodworks at the end of 2019, we made strides in integrating our staff, finances, policies, and cultures, and found exciting new opportunities for collaboration and innovation among our programs. We deepened partnerships with organizations across the region to help expand our impact and reach.
We are grateful that we have been able to continue to serve our communities and help sustain the local food system during 2020 — and for all the partners, customers, and families who supported us along the way.