We are pleased to now offer this Toolkit outlining how to replicate our “Farmacy” model to address food access barriers within your own community. The strength of the model comes from unconventional partnerships with existing businesses to reduce the overhead costs while increasing community connections. In the Toolkit you will find an innovative approach for bringing healthy food retail options to food deserts.
The resources in this toolkit have been developed by AdkAction and its partners to address food insecurity in a rural part of Northern New York with a special emphasis on supporting farmers and the local food system. The model can easily be adapted to meet food access needs in urban settings as well. Although the original “Farmacy” was a farm store section within a pharmacy, the model is not specific to a pharmacy setting and has been replicated in other types of businesses with just as much success. Any brick-and-mortar entity that is willing to carry fresh food alongside its existing products or services can replicate the model.