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.
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.
This is one of many successful Block Parties with Seeds That Feed. If you would like to volunteer with STF email firstname.lastname@example.org