Farm Fresh Fund

At the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, we’re making sure that fresh fruits and vegetables comprise an increasingly large portion of the vital food distributed in collaboration with our partners. This fresh approach is allowing us to distribute more produce every year through our network – now more than 6.9 million pounds a year, representing more than a quarter of all the food we distribute. Better nutrition helps nourish healthier children and families.

Local Produce, Regional Impact

While the Farm Fresh Fund provides healthier options for our clients, it also makes it possible for us to support farmers by covering the cost of picking and packing-out the food in their fields.

We obtain our produce from many places, but we put an emphasis on sourcing locally. We are a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Co-op through which we receive monthly shipments of regionally produced fresh vegetables and fruits. And, thanks to many wonderful partnerships with nearby growers, we have access to a variety of Virginia-grown products.

The costs associated with picking, packing and shipping fresh fruits and vegetables from the field to the Food Bank can be prohibitive for our farmers.  We are grateful to all those who are helping to support both their neighbors in need and the hard work of the farming industry.

How You Can Help

Help us seed better health with a gift to the Farm Fresh Fund.

Thanks to our friends at the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation (charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms), Farm Credit of the Virginias, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Showker and the Appleseeds Foundation of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Mr. Alvin Stump, and another anonymous donor, the first $100,000 donated to the Farm Fresh Fund this year will be matched, dollar for dollar.

We are grateful to them and to you — thank you!

For more information, please call (540) 248-3663 or email