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Farmer's Market:


The Need to Feed, Inc. is planning the launch of a Mobile Farmer's Market that will have regularly scheduled stops throughout Broward County including low-income, food-insecure communities (specifically at the various Broward County housing authority developments).  People may purchase the high quality, locally grown produce by using a variety of methods including their food assistance benefits and can double the purchasing power of those benefits through a “Bonus Bucks” program.  The Mobile Market will not only keep produce affordable for all of its customers, it will offer educational resources on how to prepare what they sell in nutritious, cost-effective and easy ways.

 

The lack of affordable sources of fresh produce contributes to poor nutrition in many low-income neighborhoods. To address this problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommend increasing access to farmers markets, which, because of their flexibility, can bring produce directly in to under served communities. 

Community Garden Initiative

Program Overview:


  • The Need to Feed, Inc. first began its mission by growing fresh fruits and vegetables for its outreach programs and for local food pantries.
  • Planting demonstrations have also been used to encourage individuals to grow their own food.
  • Workshops on different gardening methods for small areas have also been explored. For example, square foot gardening is a method that sets plants in a grid pattern rather than in rows with spaces left between. The basic unit is a block, three feet by three feet or four feet by four feet, that is further divided into one-foot squares. Each block is surrounded by paths on all four sides so the soil does not become packed down. When a square is harvested, new seeds or transplants are planted immediately. This allows for steady production and maximum yield. A square may contain one to sixteen plants, depending on each crop's requirements.

 

Direct Outcomes:


  •  Fresh produce is made available to those who may otherwise go without.
  •  Individuals become self-sustaining and grow their own food.

 

Indirect Outcomes:


  • Produce is vital to staying mentally and physically healthy.
  • Healthy people perform better in school and at work; they feel better physically and have sharpened mental clarity.

 

Community Cafe

Program Overview:


  • The “Wok-n-Roll Café” is a mobile concession trailer that has provided The Need to Feed, Inc. with the ability to travel throughout Broward County Florida demonstrating how to transform fresh fruits and vegetables into healthy budget friendly dishes. 

 

Direct Outcomes:


    • Hungry kids and their families receive a nutritious meal outside of school.
    • The program provides nutrition education leading to better choices about food consumption.
    • Participants with limited resources gain skills that enable them to prepare delicious, budget friendly dishes.
    • Parents and kids reprogram their palettes and begin to taste what fresh fruits and vegetables are all about.


            Indirect Outcomes:


              • Eating healthier results in less days lost from school and work and improved mental clarity.
              • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables helps combat a whole host of health concerns like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.