What is the Farm Fresh Fund?
With a goal to offer healthy choices to those most at risk, the Farm Fresh Fund means a wide variety of fresh produce harvested by local farmers can be acquired at a deep discount, helping farmers cover the cost of picking and packing the food left in their fields.
The program began in 2015 through a partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction and with the support of generous donors, it quickly expanded. In the 2015 growing season, the Food Bank was able to purchase more than 431,214 pounds of Virginia-grown fruits and vegetables which were distributed through our partners (food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters), eventually reaching the tables of the people we serve. The produce is distributed through every corner of the 8 cities and 25 counties served by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
How You Can Help
Make a gift to the Farm Fresh Fund! We are grateful to announce that our friends at Farm Credit of the Virginias will generously match donations to the Farm Fresh Program up to $25,000. Your gift plus the matching dollars will help us ensure our entire community has access to fresh and nutritious produce to balance their meals.