Help us End Food Insecurity in our Community
Charitable food donations are a fundamental part of Land’s Sake’s history.
Each year, we donate a significant portion of our crops to hunger relief organizations that can distribute our produce where it's needed most. Our hunger relief efforts provide fresh produce to food pantries, shelters, nutrition and cooking education programs, and food access programs.This produce comes from a variety of sources on the farm, such as subsidized CSA shares harvested each week, a veggie voucher program for Weston seniors, bumper crops, extra vegetables from the Farmstand, unclaimed shares from the CSA tent, and gleaning harvests from our fields. It's our goal that no vegetables go to waste each season.
This tradition started in the 1970s when the Green Power Farm, funded by Weston’s Youth Office, began growing food for lower income families. In 1991, the Green Power Farm came under the auspices of Land’s Sake. At the same time, Weston’s Conservation Commission formally established a hunger relief program. Through this program, the Weston Conservation Commission annually contracts a local grower, who also performs educational work, to grow and donate up to $25,000 worth of produce for local hunger relief over the course of a season.
Land's Sake partners with several local organizations to get fresh produce into the hands of people who otherwise would have difficulty accessing and/or affording healthy food. Each week we harvest and pack hundreds of pounds of quality vegetables to be picked up by our partners and brought to the people who need them.
We are proud to be donating produce to the following hunger relief agencies: Food for Free, Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue, and the Weston Council on Aging, Frequent communication allows us to build relationships with our partner organizations to best understand and serve the needs and preferences of the program participants.
Food Insecurity vs. Hunger Relief
"The terms hunger relief and food insecurity are often used interchangeable, though they are recognized as distinct concepts. "Hunger" refers to a physical sensation that most of us may be familiar with, a sensation that can be fixed by grabbing a snack. For folks that are food insecure, they experience the sensations of hunger accompanied by the lack of resources and access to not only healthy, nutritious food, but also, food that meets their dietary needs and cultural preferences. Food insecurity is often influenced and made complicated by one's surrounding conditions - employment, income, housing, race/ethnicity, and disability." - Project Bread (Mar. 19)
Helping People Access Food with Dignity
"Food insecurity is disproportionately experienced by people of color, immigrant families, and those with fewer economic means. It feeds into the cycle of poverty, perpetuating the generational pattern of hunger and the inequities that go with it." -Project Bread website
As the contracted grower for the Town of Weston, Land's Sake Farm kicks off each season by donating 15,000 pounds of produce to reach the goal of $25,000 -- but we don't stop there. As farm production ramps up, so too do our donations. In the past several years we have donated the following to our partners:
Where your Hunger Relief Donations go....
- $500: Two weeks of food donated to Food for Free
- $250: One weekly pickup by Lovin' Spoonfuls, which donates to those in need throughout the Boston metro area.
- $100 - Fresh early season greens for the Bristol Lodge (family homeless shelter)
- $30 - One week of vegetables and flowers for a low income Weston Senior couple
Thank you for your support, and for helping other families to experience the nutritious benefits of farm fresh, local food. Your sponsorship may be tax deductible, to the extent provided by law, and you'll receive a tax-receipt within two weeks of your donation.
For more information on our Hunger Relief program, please contact Sylvia: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our hunger relief program is made possible thanks to the support of the Town of Weston and the Weston Conservation Commission.