Community Benefits: Everybody Needs Good Food
Our Local Food Program benefits those in need in our community. We partner with West Chester Food Cupboard to make subsidized Crawford Organics CSA subscriptions available to their clients. These are funded by our regular CSA susbscribers who have the option of adding a small amount to their purchase when they sign up for a Crawford CSA, and also by Food Co-op member-owners and other community members who donate to make fresh local organic produce available to everyone. If you are signing up to become a regular Crawford CSA subscriber, please consider adding $20 to your subscription to help a family in need purchase a share of healthy local produce this season. You will be given the opportunity to do so before you hit the NEXT button on page 3 of Crawford’s order form. You can hear from some of the people who have been helped by pay-what-you-can on THIS PAGE. Please consider helping to spread the health and happiness of FRESH LOCAL ORGANIC to those in need in our community!
We are also linked to two hunger relief programs operated out of Holy Trinity. The Church’s Friday Night Supper program provides a hot sit down meal to anyone who is hungry every Friday. Act in Faith is also headquartered at Holy Trinity and runs a multi-denominational program to support those in need with housing, food, counseling, and other services. Our CSA program provides fresh local organic produce to these programs:
> The Food Co-op donates our “host-site” shares to these Church programs
> Any CSA boxes or Buying Club deliveries that are uncollected each week get diverted to Church programs.
> Anything left in the Swap Box (see below) each week is sent to Church programs.
> Our farmer donates “seconds” (blemished or less than perfect produce) to Church programs.
In 2017 our Local Food Program contributed over $2,600 of fresh, local, USDA certified organic produce to those in need, providing densely nutritious and healthy food to the most vulnerable in our community. Read about what they had to say HERE.