Farm to Community (2018 and Beyond)
With support from The Balm Foundation, we initiated a pilot project in 2018 to take our Farm to Food Pantry Program to the next level. To extend the season and maximize impact, our new project known as Farm to Community enabled us to vacuum seal and freeze over 3,000 pounds of surplus produce from Share the Harvest Farm that will be donated to two local food pantries this winter.
In 2019, our goal is to expand refrigeration capacity, add distribution from South Fork Kitchens in Southampton, and partner up with more farms and local institutions to improve food equity as well as the economy of our local agricultural system.
Farm to Food Pantry (2013-2017)
Our Farm to Food Pantry program, in partnership with Long Island Cares, has given farmers an outlet for their surplus produce while at the same time providing hungry Long Islanders with healthy food.
During the growing season, East End Food Institute aggregated surplus produce for purchase by Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank, which then distributed the food to 600 food pantries in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In fall and winter, we worked with local farms to deliver produce directly to local food pantries. These deliveries were especially important in the Hamptons, where jobs are scarce during off-season months.
Since 2013, the program has accounted for more than 120,000 pounds of produce. Many thanks to the Long Island Community Foundation for its support of the Farm to Pantry Project.