Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM), in Charles Town, West Virginia, provides county residents with emergency assistance, including access to food. In 2015, JCCM distributed 160,000 pounds of food, which amounted to about 72,000 meals. This year, they are making a special effort to ensure that a greater percentage of that food is made up of fresh fruits and vegetables. JCCM believes that healthy food—like fresh farm produce—should be available to all members in our community, including those in need.
JCCM is striving to help our clients become more self-sufficient in many areas. Access to healthful food is important to both household economics as well as family health and well-being. Being able to stretch the food dollars along with reducing some medical costs through healthier diets is a great benefit to our clients and a key component to achieving the goal of increased self-sufficiency –Robert Shefner, Executive Director, JCCM
New Farm-to-Food Pantry Fundraiser
With this goal in mind, JCCM is launching a new partnership with Fresh & Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a biodynamic farm located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia that grows a wide array of fresh vegetables, all grown without the use of chemicals or synthetic fertilizers Through our new joint effort, 20 families will split 10 CSA shares of a bountiful weekly box of fresh produce—all grown at the farm—from late spring through early fall.
Types of Produce People Will Receive
Each box includes plenty of nutrient-rich greens, summer favorites like tomatoes and cucumbers, and in the fall, hearty staples like sweet potatoes and winter squash as well as a melon or two in the late season.
How You Can Help
We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are a cornerstone of a healthy diet. However, for many of our neighbors in need, fresh produce is a luxury that they simply cannot afford on their own
With spring upon us, it is critical that we receive support as soon as possible for this new project to launch during this 2016 growing season. To feed 20 families, we will need to raise a total of $6,000
Any amount that you donate would be greatly appreciated! It will provide your neighbors in need with fresh, local nutrient-rich food throughout the growing season
This is a tax-deductible donation and you will receive a donation receipt if you give at the following link:
(You’ll receive your charitable donation tax deduction receipt by return email.)