Hunger Heroes – November, 2015
Arlington Farmers Markets
November 4, 2015
Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market by Community Foodworks
Ballston & Crystal City Farmers Markets by FreshFarm Markets
Columbia Pike Farmers Market by CPRO (Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization)
Fairlington & Westover Farmers Market by Field to Table, Inc.
AFAC receives food donations from six farmers markets every week throughout the summer, spring, and fall months. So far this year, the markets have donated over 81,000* pounds of fresh and local produce to AFAC. Crates full of crisp fruits and vegetables are picked up by AFAC volunteers and then immediately brought to AFAC’s warehouse, bagged into family-sized portions, and distributed to our clients.
Outside of AFAC, the farmers markets continuously strive to meet the needs of low income and food insecure families in Arlington. They make healthy, local foods accessible and affordable to the people in our community. Most markets allow shoppers to pay for their goods with SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps).
Some even take part in the SNAP Double Bucks program. At the Columbia Pike and Arlington Courthouse Farmers Markets, shoppers who receive SNAP benefits can double their dollars on fresh produce! SNAP recipients need only swipe their Virginia EBT card in exchange for tokens to spend at the Virginia farm-stands and the market will match up to $10. Meanwhile the Matching Dollars program at the Ballston and Crystal City markets will double up to $15 spent with SNAP, WIC, or Senior Farmers Market Benefits.
FreshFarm Markets is in the midst of their annual Thanksgiving FRESH Food Drive to benefit AFAC at eight of their markets, including Crystal City. Monetary donations can be made bothonline and at the market throughout the month of November. Fresh food donations will be collected at the Crystal City market on November 24.
Thank you to the farmers and the market organizers for being our Hunger Heroes!
*Edit: As of December 8, 2015, the Farmers Markets have donated a total of 91,356 pounds of fresh produce.