July's Change for Change Recipient: Community Food Distribution Project
The Community Food Distribution Project ensures that members of our community who are experiencing increasing food insecurity in the pandemic have access to nutritious food on a weekly basis.
In March 2020, in response to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Grow Food Northampton and Northampton Survival Center partnered with other local organizations such as Community Action Pioneer Valley, the Northampton Housing Authority, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the City of Northampton, and Northampton Public Schools to swiftly launch the Community Food Distribution Project.
Grow Food Northampton’s role in the project is unique: they are purchasing fresh produce, winter-storage crops, and other farm products from local farmers to keep them afloat during this time. This local produce serves as a staple in all of the food packages that are being distributed and delivered throughout the community. They're very proud to have constructed this just and sustainable food system in Northampton; their are keeping our local farmers whole while feeding members of our community