Help Low Income Families at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market

From an email:

“Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors who came out last weekend to officially kick off the fifth season of the Columbia Heights farmers market! We’re excited to make 2014 the best season yet.

Now we need your help. Last year, our farmers market matching funds program provided over $13,000 to make it easier for low-income families to eat healthy and stretch their food budgets. It’s simple. If a customer spends $5 dollars on fruits and vegetables at the market using Federal nutrition benefits like food stamps, we provide an additional $5.

$5 in food stamps = $10 in healthy fruits and vegetables

$10 in food stamps = $20 in healthy fruits and vegetables

The program reached more than 1,200 families in the last two years alone. But we need your help to make sure these families can count on us again this year.

We need to raise $10,000 by May 21st to ensure that low income families can access healthy, affordable food for the entire 2014 market season.

Every dollar helps, so please donate today. Many thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the market!”

5 Comment

  • While their hearts may be in the right place, I am not sure trying to help people buy what has to be the most expensive produce on planet earth really is helpful to low income families who need as much healthy food as they can get for their money. Even getting twice the value isn’t very helpful, especially when the veggies and produce at this market make Whole Foods look like Walmart. It appears that they’ve helped 600 families a year by giving them ~ $22 worth of veggies from this farmers market, about enough to buy two meals worth of veggies. You want to help low income people eat healthier which is great, but this is certainly not the most effective way to do it.

  • Another option is this farm share program. Reduced rates for low-income individuals and families, and they take SNAP/food stamps!

  • I tried to donate a while ago, but the website wouldn’t connect. I hope that’s been fixed.

  • Agree with commenters above. The prices at DC farmers markets are so high, even this – essentially halving the prices – would not give a buyer much bang for the buck. If the goal is providing low-income folks with healthy local food, this is inefficient. And that’s before discussing the Indiegogo fees and pricing. But inefficiency is the name of the game when social services are provided by charity/not for profit.

  • I totally disagree with the Anne and Franklin. This is an excellent cause, particularly for CH. It’s a lot more than just giving people a break on food, which is what they have reduced it to.

    Food at farmers markets is different than what you can buy in grocery stores because it is locally-grown, fresher and you can talk to the people who grow the food. Considering the growth in farmers markets – and the growth in business at the CH market – many people agree that the food is worth the expense. Another valuable element to farmers markets is the community: when you shop there, you talk to vendors and other customers and gain knowledge about the food and how to cook it. There is plenty of evidence demonstrating the value of farmers markets to farmers, consumers and communities. The Wikipedia page is surprisingly comprehensive:'_market

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