Donation Station @ the Leroy James Farmers Market
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The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Pitt County is hosting a Donation Station at the Leroy James Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month June-September 2023.
What is Donation Station?
Donation Stations seek to improve access to fresh, locally-grown food while supporting the farmers who grow it. They are designed to combat local food insecurity while raising awareness that a healthy local food system must include every member of the community. This is where you come in!
Volunteers run tables at farmers markets. Donation Stations use a simple farmers market-based approach where shoppers and farmers’ market vendors help by choosing to donate fresh food they buy at the market or by donating cash to buy food from the farmers. All the fresh food that is donated is then shared with local agencies serving those in our community who are in need. Family & Consumer Sciences Agents and their EMFVs are working to run these Donation Stations at farmers markets across North Carolina.
This incredibly successful effort has allowed fresh food to flow locally and has fostered strong community engagement. Funding for the program has come from the EMFV Program and the Local Food Program Team.
How You Can Volunteer!
For more information on how you can donate, volunteer at the Donation Station booth, or for any other questions contact Taneisha Armstrong, Family & Consumer Science Agent, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office 252-902-1709.
Why should you support it?
• All donations stay local to the market and your community
• Donation Stations are completely volunteer run, meaning there are no overhead fees for this program
• Farmers and farmers markets gain positive public awareness through community and media outreach
• It’s a win for everyone – farmers get what their produce is worth, community members most at need get fresh, local produce that they might not otherwise be able to access
Program Brief for General Stakeholders