Community Food Security
Food Bank of Central New York is able to provide Produce Mini-Grants to our member programs for the direct purchase of locally grown produce.
This project will enhance the support of the local agriculture community by making direct purchases of local, fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed to food insecure families.
Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance.
Food Bank's community food security initiatives promote both the local economy and self-sufficiency among individuals using the emergency food network. Through investing dollars with local farmers, establishing gardens at member programs, distributing container gardens to low-income individuals and connecting families to local farmers' markets, Food Bank creates additional access to fresh produce for families in need.
Food Bank's Garden-in-a-Bucket project distributes 5-gallon buckets filled with soil and a tomato plant to pantry recipients, complete with gardening and maintenance instructions. Many emergency food recipients do not have land to plant a traditional vegetable garden, but Garden-in-a-Bucket provides these individuals with the opportunity to have fresh vegetables during the summer; all they need is water and sunlight.
For emergency food recipients who do have access to land for planting, Food Bank offers an interactive Plant a Seed project that provides individuals with vegetable seeds and instructions on how to care for their plants throughout the season.