COVID-19 Response Fund
Now more than ever, you can be a champion for local food. COVID-19 has disrupted our local food economy. Thousands of local farms are impacted and our most vulnerable residents are struggling more than ever before.
Since the start of the current crisis, FRESHFARM has had to shift the ways in which we bring fresh, healthy food to our community. In order to keep our markets open, we have implemented strict safety regulations and provided hand washing stations, sanitizers, masks, gloves, etc. for shoppers and staff. Our markets serve as important access points for fresh food and support small and independent family farmers.
Accessing fresh food has become more difficult than ever. Transportation options are limited, and some cannot leave their house due to their vulnerability to the virus. To better serve local seniors and families, our Pop-Up Food Hub is delivering produce directly to 900 seniors bi-weekly and 650 families a week. There are so many more families that we could reach, but we need your help.
If you are able, please donate to our COVID-19 Response Fund. Together, we can make sure that no family goes without fresh, healthy food during this time. Thank you for your support.
Federal Employees and Retirees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is allowing additional gifts to be made through the CFC online donation portal through June 30, 2020. If you would like to make a gift before this period closes, please visit the CFC Online Portal to make a donation to FRESHFARM (CFC #99308).
- For information about which markets are currently open, go to Farmers Markets.
- For information on safety protocols in place at the markets, go to FRESHFARM COVID-19 Response.
- For information on pre-order and delivery options, go to Market Shopping Alternatives.
- For information on virtual FoodPrints curriculum, go to FoodPrints Anywhere.
- For information on how the Pop-Up Food Hub is supporting the community, read this blog.
- For information on resources available to farmers and producers, go to Support for Farmers.
- For information on how DC, Maryland, and Virginia are managing farmers markets during COVID-19, go to Markets Are Essential.
- To express your support for farmers markets as a vital service, fill out this letter of support.