Thank you to our regional food banks/pantries for their collaboration to address food access and for their ongoing dedication to feeding our communities!
"Bread for the City is always glad to partner with groups like Future Harvest who understand that things can change when everyone cares. In the best of times, fresh, healthy food can be inaccessible to individuals and families living with low income. And right now, when so many have lost work, it’s nearly a luxury to simply be able to eat what is both nutritious and delicious. We thank the farmers who were willing to share their bounty with Bread for the City’s clients and others facing new economic challenges because of COVID-19."
- George E. Jones, Executive Director, Bread for the City
“We are looking forward to any fresh fruit or vegetables. As of last summer, we depended on the local Farmers Market and I am not sure about this year. Currently the local community has been most giving and we have been/are meeting the demands.”
- Jon DeVoll, President, Cape Henlopen Food Basket
"C-CAP Loaves and Fishes has been a local food bank in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia for over 33 years. Our clients will be forever grateful for the fresh veggies to go with their boxes of shelf food. We are thankful for this opportunity to partner with Future Harvest to provide this much needed service to our clients. We value fresh produce and know the importance of it in our daily diet."
- Beverly Van Metre, President, Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project - Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
“Now more than ever, it is important that all families have access to fresh, nutritious food. We are grateful for our partnership with Future Harvest and for their work to bring additional resources to Howard County families. We have seen the demand at our Howard County Food Bank increase significantly since March. This partnership will help us provide healthy food to families who need it most.”
- Paul McElderry, Director of Food Bank Services, Community Action Council of Howard County, Howard County Food Bank
"In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Dulles South Food Pantry continues to serve neighbors in need with a curbside food distribution model and social distancing in place. We have seen a decrease in grocery store donated fresh produce and meat due to supply chain issues and stores adjusting to new shopping patterns by consumers. Participating in the "Feed the Need" campaign through Future Harvest will allow us to continue providing fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to our guests - something that is very important to us at DSFP. One of our goals for 2020 is to provide a higher percentage of fresh produce and lean meats to our guests, and this initiative will allow us to keep on track. With unemployment on the rise, we expect the need for our services to continue to grow. We are grateful for the support of the community and local farmers to help us feed our most vulnerable neighbors.”
- Meg Phillips, Executive Director, Dulles South Food Pantry
“We’re thrilled to be joining Future Harvest’s “Feed the Need” campaign. Since our founding in 1989 DC Central Kitchen has been committed to providing healthy, dignified meals to those we serve. This partnership ensures our nonprofit partners and their clients continue to receive top-quality, nutritious food and at the same time invests in our local farmers – something we have been proud to do for years as we look to support our region’s sustainable food system. We look forward to meeting the needs of our community with the support of this collaborative effort.”
- Mike Curtin, Executive Director, DC Central Kitchen
“Manna Food Center is very excited to be a Future Harvest partner at this critical time. We are gratified to support local farms at a time when they are dealing with unpredictable markets while providing our food insecure neighbors with free, nutritious vegetables. Due to the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19, we are serving more families than ever, just as food donations are decreasing due to supply chain issues. Partnering with Future Harvest allows us to fill in some of those supply gaps, while supporting the local food system. Hopefully this collaboration will be an important step in achieving lasting food security.”
- Jackie DeCarlo, Chief Executive Officer, Manna Food Center
“Donations at the Maryland Food Bank are down 90%. The need among our partners has increased 50 – 70%. We are projected to spend $12 million in the first 90 days of this pandemic to try and meet this increased need for food. At the Maryland Food Bank, we place a large emphasis on distributing healthy foods which includes local produce to the food insecure residents across Maryland. Thus, we welcome with open arms any fresh produce donations at our three locations and various partners.”
- Amy Cawley, Farm to Food Coordinator, Maryland Food Bank