The Fresh Food Share (FFS) is a community food program that provides affordable access to fresh produce, increased nutrition knowledge and support for local farmers. The FFS program is offered at sites throughout Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
Members pre-order a box of produce at their local community sites. Then, fresh food is bought at wholesale prices from local farmers, including Detroit farmers. Next, the fresh produce is packed into individual boxes by volunteers and delivered to the community sites. Members pick up their boxes at their site during a pre-set time. Fresh Food Share delivers occur once a month.
Boxes are available in two sizes. Each box contains a nutritious variety of fruits and vegetables and a monthly newsletter with recipes and nutrition information.
SNAP benefits (Bridge Cards) can be used to purchase Fresh Food Share boxes. Additionally, Double Up Food Bucks, which matches SNAP benefits spent at participating farmers' markets, can be applied from June through November.
The Fresh Food Share is a program of the Green Ribbon Collaborative. Members of the Green Ribbon Collaborative (GRC) are The Greening of Detroit, The Fair Food Network, and The Eastern Market Corporation and Gleaners Community Food Bank. The GRC focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the community-based food system of Detroit and southeast Michigan. This is accomplished through the joint actions of its member organizations and by working with other key stakeholders on a program or project basis.
As one of the oldest food banks in the United States, Gleaners Community Food Bank's mission is to turn surplus food, which otherwise would go to waste, into millions of nutritious meals for hungry people in southeastern Michigan. For more than 32 years, Gleaners has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people." Since 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank has grown from distributing just one or two million pounds of food per year to more than 28 million pounds annually, equivalent to over 404,000 meals per month.
Gleaners is committed to adopting best practices and cost-effective systems and procedures to achieve the highest possible return on its human and financial resources. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency, recognizing that in many instances, it is the only source of emergency food for people in need.
The mission of the Eastern Market Corporation is to mobilize leadership and resources to achieve stakeholders vision for the Eastern Market District and make the Eastern Market the undisputed center for fresh and nutritious food in southeast Michigan.
The mission of the Greening of Detroit is to guide and inspire others to create a 'greener' Detroit through planting and educational programs environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building community capacity.
Fair Food Network (FFN) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with other organizations to design a food system that upholds the fundamental right to healthy, fresh, and sustainably-grown food, especially in historically-excluded communities. Fair Food Network partners with individuals, groups within communities, community-based organizations, funders, government leaders, and others to discuss, develop, and implement a variety of strategies. FFN encourages local selection, ownership, and control of food sources that are environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable. FFN supports communities as they imagine and realize opportunities that fit their needs.
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