Food insecurity, food waste, barriers to healthy eating, and ultimately a misallocation of resources, are problems that are present in nearly every community. Seeds That Feed was created to help bridge these gaps and grow a healthier community through their efforts.
Mobile foodbank – solving hunger and wasteThis mobile food bank has fed thousands of hungry people and saved thousands of pounds of waste.Made by Mic + Walmart.
Posted by Mic on Monday, April 2, 2018
This includes services that increase access to seasonal produce for low-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals. We also educate them on seasonal produce and uses through onsite sampling and recipe boxes. They also conduct weekly Mobile Food Pantries at Willow Heights, Morgan Manor and Scull Creek apartments in Fayetteville, AR. Residents are welcome to pick up fresh produce for no cost in their neighborhood. In addition, they also provide samples of recipes that are easy to make from the produce they provide.
Two of the largest barriers to healthy food for low-income families are transportation and cost. By bringing the donated produce to them for free, they eliminate these barriers. They have heard so many stories from recipients on how fresh produce has impacted their diet and everyday life. People get so excited to have the opportunity to use healthy fruits and vegetables in their homes.
On July 19th, they hosted their first Block Party in West Fork, AR. The Heritage Community Garden reached out to them to work together on tackling food insecurity in West Fork. They wanted to spread the word about the community garden and provide a place for people to access fresh produce. At the event they had their Mobile Food Pantry with produce and samples. The Fayetteville Farmers Market also had a table set up with a raffle for a $25 gift card and information about the Double Your Dollar Program. Community members were allowed to glean and take produce from the garden. Collaborating in one space made recipients feel comfortable and empowered by the services provided. All the individuals and families that stopped by were thrilled to hear about the garden and grateful to have healthy options they normally do not have access to.
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This was a text sent to us by our super funny intern, @hann_j_ and we just had to share! We had just gotten done with a mobile pantry at Scull Creek and had just about 1 serving of green beans left so Hannah said she would eat them for dinner. Not wanting to waste a bag, she put them in her shirt pocket. This is what transpired once she left 😂 “I am laughing so hard. I just ran into Walmart and I'm checking out and the cashier was like, ‘excuse me what's in your pocket?’ and I look down and I was like oh….just green beans. And she's like, ‘okay well are you going to pay for them?’ and I was like no no I came in with them they're from my job blah blah blah. She's like, ‘so you're expecting me to believe you just walk around with raw beans in your shirt pocket??’ She legit thought I was trying to take off with a handful of green beans.” #internsthatfeed #thefuninternship #carecropping