Farm to Community

"The local, fresh produce from our farms is so much fresher and more nutritious than what they normally get. At least one of our families has commented that it's like Christmas whenever they get a food delivery."
Amber Kim
Nouri

Farm to Community (F2C) encompasses multiple projects in Washington State that follow the shared model of funding for food assistance organizations to purchase produce directly from local small-scale farms. Operating across different scales, partners, and funding sources, King County Farmer’s Share, Farm to Food Pantry, and the partnership with PCC Markets and Neighborhood Farmers Markets all work under the Farm to Community umbrella to help reduce hunger, support small farm economies, prevent food waste, and increase access to healthy, local produce through networks of farms, food banks, meals programs, and volunteers throughout the state. Purchasing directly from local farmers allows for not only healthier, more diverse food options for people facing food insecurity, but helps these farms to prosper and create relationships within their communities, as they do not have to rely solely on being able to donate produce.

Harvest Against Hunger began working with these programs in 2014 with the creation of Farm to Food Pantry, and added KCFS in 2019. PCC/NFM launched a partnership in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising levels of food insecurity across the nation. Farm to Community combines common elements of these three programs to increase their effectiveness, efficiency and create sustainable, resilient networks that will allow organizations to better provide solutions for hunger.  We also work with many F2C partners through our Harvest VISTA program to build capacity and relationships with farms, volunteers, and other community organizations in their local areas.

Follow the links below to find more information about each of these specific projects and what they are doing in the community.

Goals

Farm to Community works to understand and impact local food economies, to provide better and more sustainable food access for everyone in our community. We help foster direct relationships between growers and food access networks, be it food banks, local farmers markets, or other grocery sources in areas with unreliable access to healthy produce. Creating sustainable systems that allow people, regardless of income, to get the food they need for their families is essential now more than ever as we navigate how to respond to emergencies like COVID-19 that put a strain on our ability to provide food.

These programs work to address sustainability with a three-pillar approach:

  1. Economic (financially supporting small family-owned farms)
  2. Environmental (reducing food waste and food miles; supporting small-scale, often organic and regenerative agriculture)
  3. Social (establishing robust, diversified partnerships and short supply chains)

Benefits to farmers:

  • – Fosters direct relationships, helping to embed small farms within community networks
  • – Provides reliable income with pre-harvest contract models
  • – Reduces waste
  • – Aids the growth of regional food systems
  • – Increases name recognition
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Number of Participating Farms

Benefits to hunger relief organizations:

  • – Access to fresh, nutrient-dense produce which might otherwise be unavailable
  • – Greater variety and quantity of produce
  • – Supports sustainable produce purchasing and gleaning programs
  • – Food distribution centers can pursue purch-asing contract models that work best for them
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Number of Food Distributors (2021)

2021 Farm to Community Locations

"Money from KCFS helped many of our customers, as during the busiest year we've ever faced, we were able to provide more culturally relevant food to our community to help feed families nutritious, local food."
Mara Bernard
White Center Food Bank
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Clark County Food Bank
  • Coastal Harvest
  • Community Action of Skagit County
  • Council on Aging and Human Services
  • Food for All/ Catholic Charities
  • Good Cheer Food Bank
  • WSU Jefferson County
  • Kitsap Conservation District
  • NEW Hunger Coalition
  • Opportunities Industrialization Center-Yakima
  • Okanogan Community Action Council
  • Upper Valley MEND
  • WSU Clallam County
  • Emergency Food Network
  • Lewis County Food Coalition
  • Thurston County Food Bank
  • Community Services Moses Lake
  • Confederated Colville Tribes
  • Orcas Island Food Bank
  • Ballard Food Bank
  • Des Moines Area Food Bank
  • Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
  • Maltby Food Bank
  • North Helpline – Bitterlake, Lake City
  • Westgate Chapel Food Bank
  • West Seattle Food Bank
  • Byrd Barr Place
  • Chicken Soup Brigade
  • FamilyWorks
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Rainier Valley Food Bank
  • University District Food Bank
  • Hopelink
  • Asian Counseling & Referral Services
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • Evangelical Covenant Church of Kent
  • FareStart
  • Hunger Intervention Program
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jubilee REACH
  • Mary’s Place
  • OSL (Operation Sack Lunch)
  • Phenomenal She
  • Pike Market Food Bank
  • Pike Market Senior Center
  • Plant Based Food Share
  • Plateau Outreach Ministries
  • Seattle Good Business Network
  • Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank
  • Sno-Valley Senior Center
  • South King County Food Coalition
  • South Park Senior Center
  • South Seattle College Food Pantry
  • Teen Feed
  • Ujamaa Food Circle
  • Vashon Maury Community Food Bank
  • Vashon Senior Center
  • We Love Kent
  • White Center Food Bank
  • WSU Pierce County