Farmers in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia received Future Harvest grant funding to support food bank donations and aid in pandemic relief.
We are pleased to announce the 22 grant awardees of the Feed the Need campaign, which raised more than $40,000 for the farming community in the Chesapeake region to address food access in our communities. We are also proud to have selected 14 Black, Indigenous, and other farmers of color out of the 22 grantees, as part of our commitment to racial equity.
Our review committee, composed of Future Harvest Board members, staff, and farmers, selected this first round of grant awardees from a pool of 102 applicants with funding requests totaling more than $300,000.
The Feed the Need Fund was created to help farmers weather market changes caused by the pandemic and provide food access in a variety of ways. Thanks to individual donors, funds awarded from the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience & Access Coalition and the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and region-wide partner support, grantees will receive mini-grants ranging from $500 – $3,000. With these funds, grantees will provide such activities as sliding scales on CSA orders, conduct home deliveries, and donate produce to local food banks and pantries in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.