As you may already be aware, our CSA not only supplies great produce to members, but also has a social mission through "From the Ground Up," a partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank.
The program ensures that more people in the DC metro area have access to healthy, affordable, sustainably grown produce. To that end, FGU runs the Fresh Produce Food Grant Program, a grant program that provides the same produce you enjoy every week to people of low-income throughout the DC metro area.
The FGU Fresh Produce Grant is administered by the Capital Area Food Bank and provides Clagett’s fresh produce to partner organizations throughout the metro area. A guaranteed 40% of the produce grown at Clagett farm goes to feed low-income people every season. This year nine hard-working partners applied for and were awarded the grant, and with it the chance to provide fresh, local food to their clients through meal programs and food distributions. Their clients are hungry kids in aftercare programs, working families, homeless men and women, and people who struggle with terminal illness. In other words, these are the folks who could really use a great meal composed in part of healthy produce packed with nutrients. More info about sharing the harvest is available at the Capital Area Food Bank website.
What's your role on the Clagett team?
I coordinate the From the Ground Up Fresh Produce Grant. This means I coordinate the part of the Clagett CSA that goes non-profit feeding programs who are Fresh Produce Grant recipients from the Capital Area Food Bank.
What kinds of agencies receive Clagett produce?
We have 9 main recipients this year: Allen Chapel AME, Bread For The City, Carl Vogel Center, Damien Ministries, Father McKenna Center, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, True Vine Center, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.
How did you come to work with Clagett?
After graduating from college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I decided to do a year of service and applied to Brethren Volunteer Service, or BVS. BVS is similar to many other religious volunteer service programs that invite young adults to serve different communities all over the world. BVS placed me in Washington, DC working for the food bank.