Monday, December 26, 2016

Help GardenShare make an impact

If you've been reading our "12 days - 12 ways" series, you already know that you and the community made 2016 the most amazing year yet for GardenShare's work to solve hunger, a fitting way to mark our 20 years of service.  Just a few highlights of the year just past:
  • SNAP usage at the farmers markets increased by 70%, benefiting both low-income families and local farmers.  Some local farmers said their sales increased by as much as 50%!
  • Participation in our CSA subsidy program for low-income families increased by 56%.
  • Our Local Food Guide generated many comments along the lines of, "the best Local Food Guide ever!"
  • We rolled out "Hunger 101," an experiential learning program about the issue of hunger.
  • Through a grant from the state, we are actively working on engaging more volunteers on fighting hunger in the region.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

With your continued support, we'll implement some big plans in the new year, including:
  • Expanding the concept of the Bonus Bucks program from just CSA shares to include farmers market shoppers who are lower income, but not on SNAP.
  • Expanding a program we piloted this past spring to provide farmers market tokens to families whose children receive backpacks of food at school.
  • And, of course, continuing and building on the 2016 successes.
Your donation before the end of the year will help continue all of this important work and also help ensure that we will be here serving the community as long as needed!

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