Farm to Food Assistance

The pandemic exposed major issues in the U.S. food system: hunger and food insecurity and the need for stable and lucrative market channels for small farms. Efforts to scale solutions to both these problems have multiplied in the last two years, as food pantries, food banks, state and federal government programs, and mutual aid efforts worked to connect local farms to food access programs. The results are creative, systems level solutions that work for the farmer and for people in need. 

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Operationalizing EquitySwette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State UniversityThis study explores how state governments are using LFPA and LFS funding to develop or …2023
Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System 10th EditionMichigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems The annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food …2023, ,
Illinois Local Food Purchasing Assistance Listening Session LearningsUniversity of Illinois Extension In early 2023, before we started rolling out LFPA, Illinois Extension conducted 30 listening sessions …2023
Funding Sources for Food Related Businesses Jamie Rahrig, Rich Pirog, Jazmin Bolan-Williamson, Rachel Kelly, Anel Guel, Nick McCann, Abigail Harper, Evan Kutz, Taylor Wimberg, Emily KimThe eighth edition of this directory provides an overview of various financing sources available to …2023,
Local Farmers Encouraged to Join Wisconsin Food DirectoryVolume OneNew (LFPA) program allows farmers to add products to a public directory, support local food …2023
Farm to Food Bank- Stopping Food Waste at the SourceHunter College New York City Food Policy CenterA listing of the organizations that are working to reduce the amount of food that …2021
Yes, Nonprofits, You Can LobbyBolder AdvocacyGetting involved in the legislative process and policy debates is not just an appropriate role …
What is LobbyingBolder AdvocacyThis fact sheet provides an overview of how lobbying is defined for organizations that measure …
When Does Your Activity Become LobbyingBolder AdvocacyWhen does the clock start ticking? You must begin measuring your lobbying activity when the …
Using Networks To Build Collaborative and Equitable Food SystemsRich Pirog & Marcus A. ColemanThis brief focuses on local food systems as vehicles for collaboration and racial equity among …2023
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association FarmsSHARE Network MapFarmSHARE Map of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, FarmsSHARE Network Map partners from 2022 – the network …2022
2023 LAMP Stakeholder ToolkitUSDA AMS2023 LAMP Stakeholder Toolkit2023
An Oasis in the Desert Walker River Paiute Tribe Builds a Food Pantry in Response to Covid19The Daily YonderThe Walker River Paiute Tribe in the state of Nevada took action in response to …2022,
Oregon Food Bank Receives Grant to Buy from Socially Disadvantaged FarmersPortland Local NewsThrough the expansion of the Community Grower Support Fund, which buys food directly from socially …2022,
Grow Food Northampton earns money for Farm and Garden redesignThe ReminderGrow Food and River Valley Co-op are working together to help underprivileged farmers become commercially …2023,
LFPA Plus GuidanceUSDAStates, territories, and federally recognized tribal governments may apply for additional funding available under LFPA …2023,
List of Signed Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative AgreementsUSDAThis list of entities that have signed Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreements with USDA …2022,
LFPA Fact SheetUSDAUSDA-AMS is establishing cooperative agreements with states, territories, and federally recognized tribal governments for the …2022,
LFPA Info GraphicUSDAConnecting with Underserved Producers, the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Cooperative Agreement: Empowers states and …2022,
Have Local Food Hubs Proved They Should Play a Bigger Role in Emergency Food AidFood Print Despite the fact that fresh food from small farms is rarely thought of as a …2021,
LFPA Quarterly Progress Report SAMPLEHopes Harvest - Farm Fresh Rhode Island As part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2023,
FarmTable 1Fresh ApproachAs part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2022,
LFPA Solicitation Application Food Banks 1Fresh ApproachAs part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2023,
Listening is the First Step in Serving Native American CommunitiesFood Bank NewsThis article shares a story about a partnership between Feeding Wisconsin and the Intertribal Ag …2022
The Farm to Food Bank Movement Aims to Rescue Small-Scale Farming and Feed the HungryCivil EatsMany farmers donate farm surpluses to local food banks on a regular basis, but the …2020
States are Investing in Farm to Food Bank ProgramsFood Print Farm to food bank (or food pantry) programs have exploded in popularity in states across …2020
The Farm to Food Pantry Initiative (F2FP)Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)The F2FP initiative, founded in 2014 as a collaboration between WSDA and Harvest Against Hunger …2020
Struggling Farmers Work with Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay AfloatThe Pew Charitable TrustsFarmers and ranchers in California saw their markets decrease by half as the epidemic shut …2020
Farm to Food Bank a Response to the PandemicAmerican Friends Service CommitteeAFSC New Mexico funded 30 small scale sustainable farms with whom we collaborate across the …2020
Supporting New York Farms and CommunitiesNew York State Department of Agriculture & MarketsThe Nourish New York Initiative of New York State is a lifeline for our families …
The Food Sovereignty FundGlynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming The goal of the Food Sovereignty Fund is to give farmers the tools they need …
Farm to Food PantryLift-UpThe growth of the Farm to Food Pantry program during the height of the COVID-19 …
Vermonters Feeding VermontersVermont FoodbankEveryone in Vermont should have access to the wealth of fresh, local food in our …
Mainers Feeding MainersThe Main Food Strategy In 2010 after a noticeable decline of food bank donations and drop of nutritional value …2019
Duke Why Hunger Survey FindingsDuke World Food Policy Center Infographic: In collaboration with, Duke World Food Policy Center launched an online survey to …2021,
From Food Hubs to CSAsWallace CenterWhen COVID-19 upended markets in the spring of 2020, many hubs borrowed elements of a …2020, , , ,
USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Wallace Center Research Findings and Final ReportWallace CenterThis report examines how a group of food hubs and local distributors were able to …2020, , , ,

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