Food Access for A healthy community
Did you know? The CFW Market Share is 1 of 2 CSAs in the whole city that offers discounted memberships for residents who rely on SNAP (formally known as Food Stamps). Customers who use SNAP are able to purchase Market Share bags at a 75% discount of retail. In 2016, the program expanded to include WIC customers, who were also able to purchase these reduced-price bags at the markets and two WIC clinics across Ward 1. We are the only CSA to offer delivery for seniors for whom getting to the market can be challenging.
EQUAL IN EVERY MEASURE
Unlike other reduced-priced programs, our SNAP Market Share is a subset of the retail Market Share. In addition to fruit and veggie distribution, the Market Share creates an experience equal in quality, service, and delivery, regardless of the currency used for purchase. Families were able to enjoy items like heirloom tomatoes, fairytale eggplants, and seasonal fruits such raspberries, blackberries, apricots that may have seemed too costly to purchase otherwise.
bringing the market share to seniors in need
CFW partners with an independent senior care network We Are Family to deliver much needed fresh produce directly to the doorsteps of low-income seniors who have limited mobility and, therefore, limited access to the farmers market and its financial support programs.
In 2016, CFW spent over $23,000 worth of produce to to deliver weekly Market Shares to over 150 seniors.
DC offers a number of dry food supplemental programs for seniors in need, however, these programs provide extremely limited access to fresh goods, and even less access to produce. In response, CFW Senior Market Share delivers an appropriately portioned produce share for seniors in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.