Guide to Contracting with Farms for Hunger Relief Agencies This guide is based on the experiences of Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) and its partner hunger relief agencies through the Farm to Food Pantry Initiative (F2FP; a partnership with Washington State Department of Agriculture) and King…
Evaluating and conveying the impacts of farm-to-hunger relief programs is important not just for reporting requirements but garnering support to further build the program’s impact.
A major economic advantage for a farm to enter into a purchasing contract with a hunger relief organization (HRO)–food bank or meals program–is that a HRO provides a more flexible market than traditional wholesalers (e.g. hospitals, schools, grocers).
After beginning a relationship with a small local farm, it is recommended that a hunger relief organization (HRO) spend some time to develop messaging and outreach materials to thank the partner farm for their hard work and contributions to the HRO and local food access.