With the help of a $100,000 grant from The Boeing Company, Northwest Harvest will spend the year looking for ways to connect small Washington farms with local food banks, including farms and pantries in the Valley.
The Growing Connections Project will allow Northwest Harvest to evaluate emerging trends and best practices in farming and identify efficient sustainable programs that could benefit its statewide hunger relief network. Northwest Harvest will be consulting with Urban Food Link’s Tammy Morales and Kara Martin on this feasibility study.
“We hope that this generous grant from The Boeing Company for a one-year study will help us find new, sustainable ways to improve access to fresh, nutritious food for our hunger relief partners and the hundreds of thousands of people we serve statewide,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest.
“Farmers, food banks and local communities can work together to eliminate hunger and move Washington off the USDA’s list of 15 hungriest states.”
“Through this research we will identify sustainable models of procurement and distribution of fresh, local produce so that nutritious food is more available to low-income families,” said Tammy Morales, principal of Urban Food Link. “We hope to find models that allow farmers to contribute to community food security while also generating income for local agriculture.”
Northwest Harvest currently works with the Washington agriculture community and generous community donors to provide food to more than 350 hunger relief programs across the state, including several food banks in the Snoqualmie Valley.