The need for a robust local food system is more important than ever with the Covid-19 pandemic bringing record numbers of people filing for unemployment, a 282% increase in applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Massachusetts, and disruptions to the supply chain.
We are anticipating a greater need of support for the New Entry Food Hub food access work and we are uniquely positioned to respond quickly to this current crisis. Our flagship food access program brings weekly deliveries of fruits and vegetables to low income seniors through partnerships with local Council on Aging groups. In addition, we subsidize the cost of weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for families and individuals with SNAP benefits, and deliveries to local food pantries and community groups.
Donations to the New Entry Food Hub directly benefit the 20+ beginning and immigrant farmers who market their produce through the New Entry Food Hub, support New Entry educational and technical assistance programs, and provide healthy produce to our food insecure friends and neighbors.
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has a 20-year record of working to grow and support our local food system. Our Farmer Training programs teach the next generation of local farmers sustainable growing practices, important business skills, and helps them along the way at the incubator farm and with ongoing technical assistance after new farmers have moved onto their own land. At the same time the New Entry Food Hub helps to create linkages in the local food economy, support fledgling farming businesses with sales and marketing training, and strives to bring healthy, local, produce to where it is needed the most.
The New Entry Food Hub is prepared with the farmer network, logistics infrastructure, and partnerships to respond immediately to bring healthy food to those in need. Your donation to New Entry Food Hub will ensure that our Food Access programs are able to expand exactly when they’re needed the most, right now.