The Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program gets fresh, healthy food to people who need it—while also fairly compensating farmers. Right now, our communities are facing unprecedented challenges, with many families struggling to access fresh foods. Farms in our region produce a wide variety of products and are entering the time of year where production is high, but many have lost market outlets with restaurant closures or reduction of service. This program facilitates direct connections between farms and relief efforts that might not otherwise be logistically feasible.
On an individual community level, ASAP will partner with food relief efforts, including food banks, charitable prepared food services, and child and adult care feeding sites. After assessing needs, ASAP will contract with a farm or farms to supply one or more sites. This contract may include subsidizing or covering the cost of packaging, delivery, and/or products, and can be customized to fit different sizes and types of farms as well as relief efforts.
If you are a farmer and would like your products to be considered for this program, please complete this interest form.
The first phase of this project will focus on rural communities in Western North Carolina, but please indicate your interest regardless of where you are located.
This program is supported by the Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund, which was created to strategically address emergency needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All money raised goes directly to assisting farmers in the Southern Appalachian region.