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Food Access in the time of Covid-19 at New Entry Food Hub

$6,508
130%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
51 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on July 01, at 11:13 PM EDT
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Help provide healthy produce to our food insecure friends and neighbors

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. 

Levels
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$25

Half-Bushel of Produce

$25 will purchase a half-bushel of produce for a local hunger relief organization as a one time distribution.

$50

Bushel of Produce

$50 will purchase a bushel of produce for a local hunger relief organization as a one time distribution.

$100

Partial CSA Share for a Family

$100 will contribute to the purchase of a CSA share for an in need individual or family

$250

Safe Home Delivery

$250 will pay for home delivery for 20 weeks to an elderly, immunocompromised, or otherwise high risk person

$500

Family CSA Share

$500 will purchase a CSA share for a family without SNAP benefits for 20 weeks.

$1,000

Farmer Micro-loan

$1,000 will provide a micro-loan to a beginning or immigrant farmer

$5,000

Free Produce in a Community

$5,000 and up can fully fund free produce distribution in a low-income community. In general this will provide 10 regular CSA shares, 20 senior shares, or 50 subsidized SNAP shares for the full 20 week season.

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