Food For All
Food For All provides healthy, locally grown produce to those in need. We work with community partners and farmers markets to develop infrastructure that will help obtain and deliver more local fresh fruit and vegetables.
MAKING AN IMPACT
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Welcoming Table helps low-income and elderly residents eat and learn to cook well. Welcoming Table hosts cooking classes and community dinners at Catholic Housing Communities that use cheap, accessible and whole-food ingredients. By exposing participants to new recipes, ingredients, and ways of cooking, Welcoming Table gives participants the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthier lives.
FARM TO ECE (Early Care Education Centers)
The Farm to ECE program works with several Early Learning Centers (ECE) in Spokane County to introduce three core elements of farm to school – local food purchasing, gardens, and food, nutrition, and agriculture education – implemented with the goal of enhancing the quality of the ECE environment and the educational experience in all types of ECE settings.
We work with a variety of partners to support early learning centers in their transition to Farm to ECE, including Community Colleges of Spokane, Spokane Regional Health District, OSPI, and LINC. Some sample activities include buying, preparing and serving local foods, food sampling, and farmers’ visits.
FARM TO FOOD PANTRY
The Farm to Food Pantry Initiative Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP) provides funding to the Food for All Program to purchase produce from local farmers to distribute at various food pantries throughout Spokane County. F2FP is an initiative of WSDA and Harvest Against Hunger.
FARM TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING
Catholic Charities Food For All works with a variety of partners to collect locally grown, nutritious produce. The produce is then distributed to over 20 locations, with a focus on donating to easily accessible places such as residential locations. Produce is gathered from a variety of spaces, including the Spokane Edible Tree Project (a local gleaning program), local farmers markets, LINC (Local Inland Northwest Cooperative) Foods, and local community gardens. FFA helps residents to grow their own garden by providing plants grown in their greenhouse and providing education for the new gardeners. In 2019, FFA delivered over 2,000 vegetable plant starts!
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The KERNEL kids program at Farmers Markets is now available to do at home in the wake of COVID-19. The Spokane County Library is hosting KERNEL activities as part of their summer reading program platform. At:
KERNEL (Kids Eating Right-Nutrition and Exercise for Life) is a youth-oriented program designed for Farmers Markets to engage children in learning about lifelong healthy eating habits, gardening and exercise. We tailored this fun interactive Farmers Market program for you and your family to do at home! Each week has an activity or a recipe for children to complete with their family. Each certificate will include a grocery list for your child to fill out with you to take to the Farmers Market.
SNAP MARKET MATCH
SNAP Market Match boosts the buying power of SNAP/EBT users who shop at farmer’s markets. For every $1 SNAP/EBT customers spend at a farmer’s market, they receive a $1 bonus to spend at any farmer’s market vendor selling fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs or vegetable starts. Participating farmers markets will match $10 or more throughout the season. Food For All administers this program in all of Eastern Washington.
SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program improves the nutritional health of low-income seniors by providing them with $40 vouchers they can use to purchase fresh produce from certified farmer’s markets. Food For All administers the federal program in Spokane County under a contract with Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington.
REGIONAL LEAD PROGRAM
As members of the WSFMA’s Regional Lead program, we build partnerships to strengthen the connections between farmers markets and local communities so that farmers markets are accessible places to purchase locally grown food for all Washington residents including the 1.1 million Washingtonians who receive public food assistance benefits. The goal of the Regional Leads program is to build local capacity at farmers markets around food access programs, marketing, and market operations.