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ORGANIZATION: Community FarmShare

Community FarmShare provides weekly bags of fresh produce directly from Montgomery County farms to families experiencing food insecurity.

We serve families each week of the agricultural growing season which is about 24 weeks from late April to October.

We are looking for volunteer drivers to pick up produce bags at a farm each week and bring the bags to about 3-6 families in a neighborhood area each week. Each volunteer's route is the same each week, which offers volunteers the opportunity to connect with the families and the farmers.

We understand that making a full 24 week commitment can be difficult; for this reason each route will also have a pool of back up drivers so volunteers can have some flexibility as needed.

In the past, volunteers have enjoyed this opportunity since it is a way for people to make a direct difference in people's lives; also, there are opportunities to connect with the families and the farmers since you would serve the same families from the same farm each week. Supporting our local small scale vegetable farms is another important part of our mission, so in this way, you too will be part of helping to build up a resilient local food system!

Community FarmShare also stives to build community and offers opportunities to connect with other volunteers and stakeholders through various activities. We look forward to serving our communities together with you!

More opportunities with Community FarmShare

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Community FarmShare

Location:

14975 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to reduce food insecurity by providing weekly bags of fresh produce directly from local farms to families. Our impact model: Food insecure families gain access to nutrient dense seasonal produce. Food equity - We recognize that low income families and communities of color disproportionately lack access to healthy food. We believe that "food is medicine" and aim to support families with health risks where healthy eating has a strong impact. Local table-crop farmers earn retail income. This is critical to our mission - supporting farms to thrive builds a resilient, local, environmentally conscious food system for all. Participating farmers use organic and regenerative farming practices, meaning our earth is preserved while food is produced. Local food means a low carbon foot print. We build community by providing resources and educational programs on the above and by having events where the community - food recipients, growers, donors, and volunteers come together.

Description

Community FarmShare links families experiencing food insecurity with fresh produce from local vegetable farms. We partner with local organic, regenerative, and naturally grown vegetable farms in Montgomery County which produce a weekly variety of fresh seasonal produce. Through generous donations from community members, we buy CSA shares (the weekly produce bags) from the farmers and provide them to families experiencing food insecurity throughout the growing season (typically about 25 weeks). This means each family in the program can rely on knowing they will be able to have healthy meals each week, delivered to their home by volunteers. We partner with other food assistance and social service providers to help us identify the families most in need of such healthy local produce.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Environment
Hunger
Community, Environment, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

one of 7 partner farmsMontgomery county, MD 20878

(39.1048,-77.25201)
 

SKILLS

  • Food Delivery / Distribution

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • about 2 hours per week for about 25 weeks, but there will be a pool of drivers so it is possible to schedule to meet your needs.

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