Knowledge Base: Farm to Food Bank Tools, resources and thought leadership in regional food

Farm to Food Bank

For emergency food assistance organizations, learn about developing relationships with farmers, running successful volunteer gleaning programs, building out your program based on successful existing models and more.

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The goal of this program is to provide quality, fresh garden produce year round to the Food Bank, while also providing community garden leadership apprentice programs, and school garden programs and curriculum.

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Collaborating

  • Seattle Community Farm
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    Learn about the Seattle Community Farm, a creative, ambitious project transforming an unused ½-acre of land into a productive farm which educates, inspires, and increases food security for residents of Southeast Seattle.

Outreach / Visibility

  • Digital Storytelling
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    Tips and examples of how to tell a story about your produce recovery efforts.

  • Fresh Food on the Table
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    Learn more about this program that provides quality, fresh garden produce year round to the food bank, while also providing community garden leadership apprentice programs, and school garden programs and curriculum.

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Managing Volunteers

  • Volunteer Relations
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    Learn more about providing volunteers with a clear sense of what to expect and what is expected of them. Use this guide to create handouts that give them clear instructions helps ensure gleaning runs smoothly, and you do not cause any problems that will lose the trust of the grower.

Program Models

  • Small Farm Gleaning
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    Tips on starting a new gleaning program.

  • Building Plant a Row Locally
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    The Plant a Row for the Hungry program encourages community members to dedicate a row (or more) of fruit, vegetables and/or herbs in their garden to help feed those in need.

  • Donating Through Contracts
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    Read more about Farmers Ending Hunger, a program that arranges for growers to plant extra rows that are harvested along with contracted crops.

Additional Resources

  • Plant a Row for the Hungry
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    Best practices and instructional materials to grow your own plant a row campaign.

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RFH acts as a conduit between farmers and the programs that serve hungry individuals and families in our region. Farmers are occasionally left with surplus fruits and vegetables that can’t be sold due to minor imperfections. Traditionally, this nutritious produce would be sent to a landfill or left to rot in the fields. Instead, RFH directs it to those in need.

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