Fresh, local produce will be available to all members of the community – regardless of income level – through the Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program this growing season.
The program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Delaware Department of Agriculture and Syngenta, provides participants with the opportunity to purchase shares of locally-sourced produce. Shareholders can expect to see 8-10 different varieties of produce each week.
Families who are income eligible receive shares at a deep discount. Full shares cost $10 each week, while half shares are five dollars each week. Community members who are not income eligible 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 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA program) program was very successful in its inaugural year; 45,000 pounds of locally-grown produce were distributed to Delaware residents of all income levels last year.
Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe is eager to continue the work of this program for a second year. “We are continuing our commitment to ensure that all members of the Delaware community are provided with opportunity to obtain fresh and local produce that is also affordable,” she said. “Regardless of income level, all Delawareans should have access to healthy foods.”
Improvements have been made to the program, including a better variety of foods, shares packed in containers to maintain freshness, discounts at local restaurants, discounted rates for college students and food demonstrations every week at the Wilmington Farmers Market at Cool Springs Park.
Produce shares will be available for weekly pick up (18 weeks total) at the following locations:
Donor shares: Wilmington Farmers’ Market at Cool Springs Park, the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark facility (14 Garfield Way), Downtown Dover Farmers’ Market and Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford facility (1040 Mattlind Way) starting in June.
Income-eligible shares: Wilmington Farmers’ Market at Cool Springs Park and Downtown Dover Farmers’ Market
To sign up to participate (either income-eligible share 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 http://www.fbd.org/program/csa.