Increasing Access to fresh produce
Feed My Neighbor Project
The Feed My Neighbor Project connects farmers and urban growers with churches to create an avenue for fresh produce from "soil to sanctuary." We establish popup farm stands to sell produce at churches on days and at times when the congregation normally gathers. We work with churches to distribute fresh produce boxes to communities in food insecure zones on 5th Sundays throughout the year. We help churches with expanding existing church gardens or starting new gardens on church-owned land.
Community Farm Stands
Community Farm Stands are a space where families can purchase locally-grown, low-cost produce and engage in our local food system. They are located on the church grounds and operated by individual community leaders with support from FRF. Farm Stand shoppers have noted benefits beyond an increase in access to nutritious, affordable food. Many of these benefits include:
Exposing children to fresh produce
Modeling healthy behavior in environments where children are already learning
Community connections that may not have been made otherwise
Increased cultural awareness
5th Sunday Fresh Box
Every 5th Sunday, FRF partners with local churches to help distribute pre-made boxes of locally-grown fruits and vegetables to communities throughout Albany, GA. We partner with Albany Housing Authority and City of Albany to locate neighborhoods in food insecure zones with high populations of single-parent homes, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. On Sunday afternoon, we visit our neighbors and give them a box of produce from local area farmers. Here are the 5th Sundays in 2019.
A turn key food garden solution providing churches with raised garden beds, healthy soil, seeds, transplants, watering system, growing guides, and other support to help them grow food their congregation and community.
An example of the 5th Sunday Fresh Box distributed by Porterfield United Methodist Church in Summer of 2018.
An example of Fresh Garden installation at Victory Tabernacle in Albany, GA.