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Food Security Projects

Incorporating local farms into our food security work is important to us as we strive to build long-term sustainability and resilience into our food system, and we are committed to keeping our Adirondack neighbors fed with not just any calories, but fresh and nutritious food that nourishes the whole person and the whole community. 

AdkAction food security work includes our Fair Food Program, Farmacy Project, Fair Share CSA program, the Keeseville Community Garden, and the Webb Community Garden.

 

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Fair Food Program

AdkAction’s Fair Food Program provides funding to qualified households to purchase locally sourced, farm fresh foods. We work with area farmers and food processors who value humane care of livestock and sustainable agriculture. Eligible households are low- and middle-income families in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton Counties.

Participants receive a Fair Food Card, which is a credit card that has been pre-loaded with funds based on household size. Fair Food Cards can only be used to purchase locally-sourced foods from approved farm vendors. Cards are topped up monthly with funds from generous foundation supporters and individual community donors.

 

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Fair Share

AdkAction’s Fair Share is a season-long CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription to receive produce from a local farm, at no cost to participants. From June-October, households receive a box each week that contains a mix of five to seven different seasonally available vegetables. 

Our Fair Share program helps low and middle-income community members to take advantage of the health, environmental, and social benefits of participating in a CSA, while helping small farmers through upfront investment ahead of the growing season, when it is needed most.

 

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Farmacy

When a small community’s only grocery store closes, theimpact can be devestating, especially for food-insecure households. The Farmacy Project works to make local and fresh food easier to find, buy, and eat by creating grocery areas in existing storefronts like the Keeseville Pharmacy. The resulting ‘Farmacy’ serves as a model for bringing healthy local food to rural communities, and has been replicated at the Mountain Weavers Farm Store in Port Henry, and Cornerstone Drug in Rouses Point. 

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Community Gardens

The Keeseville Community Garden is a project created in 2021 by AdkAction’s first Tom Boothe Adirondack Intern, Kim Gonzales, who sourced all of the initial materials, land, and interest.

Now managed by volunteers and the food security team at AdkAction, the Keeseville Community Garden is a community-cultivated space that hosts educational workshops for kids, opportunities for learning to grow food in a risk-free environment, and free produce for all in the community.

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SNAP Online Guide

The guide below, Modernizing Food Access with SNAP Online, is a resource designed for community food system retailers who are looking for information on how to leverage technology to expand markets, bring delivery services to food deserts, and drive sustainability and equity in their communities. The intent of the guide is to help these smaller retailers navigate the process of becoming approved to accept SNAP online in the hopes that this method of food access will help fill the meal gap in America. It is our attempt to shed light on the time, resources, and actions that were required to get the Hub authorized so that other small food systems retailers are a little more informed and prepared for the road ahead than we were.

After all, groceries purchased online and delivered directly to homes have the potential to transform the way Americans get their food. As more small, independent retailers are able to offer digital points of sale along with door-to-door delivery, equitable access in food deserts, will reduce the transaction cost of getting food from small farms to consumers who have limited mobility and resources.

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