We’re in the height of the growing season, and the farmers participating in Glynwood’s Food Sovereignty Fund are providing a bounty of fresh, delicious, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods to their community based partners. From the northern end of Columbia County to Brooklyn, these community partners are distributing the food at no cost to folks who are facing food insecurity. While there is still a lot of growing and harvesting left to go this season, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the impact this innovative program has had so far.
17 farms, all of which center the leadership of LGBTQ+, BIPOC and/or female identifying people, have been matched with 15 organizations to produce food for programs ranging from food pantries to lunch for children’s summer programming. These farms are supplying everything from tomatoes to callaloo and chicken to yogurt. By the end of the season they will have fulfilled $152,500 dollars in food purchasing contracts. So far, approximately 12,000 pounds of food have been distributed, the equivalent of 10,000 meals.
And judging by the photographic evidence, there’s a fair amount of joy going alongside this food justice initiative. (Follow @glynwoodorg and #foodsovereigntyfund on Instagram to keep up with it all.)
Photo: Fresh mint from Mimomex Farm in the hands of a happy cook at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park