FARM TO FAMILIES
LOCAL FOOD RELIEF EFFORT
Families and small farmers in West Michigan continue to face economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite advances in controlling the pandemic, many families remain resource-strapped, turning to food pantries to get enough to eat. Local small farms are still facing reduced business, with schools balancing face-to-face and virtual learning, restaurants limiting traffic and hours, and farmers markets operating under new guidelines.
Our response is the Farm to Families Local Food Relief Effort, a partnership with Lakeshore Food Rescue to purchase produce directly from local farms and distribute it through local pantries to those who need food.
HOW TO HELP FARMERS AND FAMILIES
Your financial gift will provide farmers and families throughout Ottawa and Northern Allegan counties the urgent help they need. The goal of the Local Farm Relief Effort is to raise $45,000, all of which will go directly to purchasing and distributing food. The first $10,000 will be matched, so give now to have double the impact!
Donate online by clicking the “Donate Now” button, or donate by mailing a check made out to Harvest Stand Ministries (add “Local Food Relief Effort” in the memo) to 100 South Pine St, Suite 100, Zeeland, MI 49464.
Harvest Stand Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation is tax deductible.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
For every $100 spent, $90 goes toward buying food and $10 goes toward distribution (handled entirely by Lakeshore Food Rescue).
Last year, this program was a huge success, with 32,400 pounds of produce purchased from local farms and distributed to 4,395 families.
A DOMINO EFFECT OF POSITIVE IMPACT
Give a gift to the Local Farm Relief Effort to help us meet our goal of raising $45,000.
Families who are facing financial hardship due to the crisis can access fresh, local healthy food.
These bulk purchases provide economic relief to farmers whose typical customers—schools, restaurants, and farmers markets—are closed or operating on a limited basis.
Our community and local food network are strengthened.
New and existing relationships with small farms allow pantries to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables in bulk and distribute them to families in need of food assistance.
“We were able to give out healthy and fresh vegetables in a way that we were otherwise unable to do. On top of the health benefits, the program also added a lot to our sense of community.”
“This program has been a godsend! The timing could not have been better. It helped the farm defray expenses, keep workers employed, and let us get food to people in need.”