We are excited to announced that we’re making shares of produce available to the community this growing season through our new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Delaware Department of Agriculture and Syngenta, will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase low-cost shares of produce using their SNAP benefits. Community members not eligible for SNAP benefits may purchase full or half-shares for $500 and $250 respectively. The purchased share cost includes a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank of Delaware to help fund shares for participants with lower incomes.
The new program helps to bridge the gap between SNAP recipients and local farmers and provides low-income households access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce for the program is provided by Highland Orchards in Wilmington, Del. and SIW Vegetables in Chadds Ford, Penn.
“We are excited to be able to offer this new program to our community,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to fresh, affordable, local produce regardless of income level. This new program will allow us to bring our local farmers closer to the community.”
Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food. Traditionally, CSA members purchase their produce during the winter and collect their shares weekly in the summer.
Produce shares will be available for weekly pick up (18 weeks total) at the Wilmington Farmers’ Market at Cool Springs Park and the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark facility (14 Garfield Way) starting in June. (Newark pick-up location is available for non-SNAP participants only). Participants will receive a variety of produce each week.
To sign up to participate (either SNAP recipient or community share), please contact Barbara Brkovich, CSA Program Coordinator, at (302) 292-1305 ext 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available at www.fbd.org/program/csa.