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New Programs + Partnerships


Program Innovation

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New Programs + Partnerships


Program Innovation

 

Community Foodworks designs innovative programs that improve access to healthy foods for disadvantaged communities. We maintain a high standard for program evaluation for our pilot programs, so that we can identify the most successful for expansion. Our research allows us to present compelling data alongside program recommendations so that likeminded organizations and DC & Virginia municipalities can replicate and expand the most successful programs.

 
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V2Rx


V2Rx


As many as 1 million veterans nationwide live with diabetes in addition to other diet-related conditions. There are currently no nutrition incentive programs tailored specifically for veterans. 

Community Foodworks piloted a Veterans Vegetable Prescription Program as incentive in late 2015. V2Rx was designed to encourage veteran participation in their local farmers market while ensuring they receive subsidized access to fresh, local food. 

We partnered with a local branch of the VA's Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) to distribute weekly fruit and vegetable vouchers to eligible veterans who were interested in and able to receiving fresh food support. Vouchers were provided based on household size (between $5-$15 per week; Vets were able to redeem vouchers at the Brookland Farmers market during regular Saturday hours. Additionally, veterans who received SNAP benefits were entitled to receive CFW's Bonus Bucks incentive to match the SNAP value they used at the market. 

 
 
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CSA


Market Share CSA

CSA


Market Share CSA

 
 

 

CSA programs are one of the best ways to connect customers with the local food system and ensure a consistent weekly supply of healthy and seasonal produce.

In June 2015, Community Foodworks launched an aggregated CSA (the “Market Share”) at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market to support sales and traffic for the new Wednesday market

In addition to supporting our farmers, the goal of the Market Share program was to create a CSA that would be accessible for people who depend on Federal SNAP benefits to purchase food. 

Historically, CSAs have typically required large initial payments at the start of a season and have been too expensive for low-income customers. Community members who receive Federal benefits have thus been excluded from participation in almost all CSA programs. Our program afforded SNAP recipients a reduced price as well as week-to-week flexibility to address these traditional barriers.  SNAP customers received a 75% subsidy on the cost of food—they paid $8 for a family-sized bag of produce that was priced at $33 for retail CSA customers. 

 
 

We have observed and heard from our customers that taking home fresh food on a regular basis has helped them build the foundation for healthy eating habits.  They described consistently preparing and eating fresh food at home.  

Similarly, the CSA still served as a useful budgeting tool for SNAP-receiving participants. With the option to pay up to two weeks in advance, customers could “budget” their monthly SNAP allowance and ensure that they would have fresh food available all month log. Customers reported that they found it useful and relieving to know that come the end of the month, they could rely on having fresh fruits and vegetables without having to closely monitor their spending. 

 
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Senior CSA


Senior CSA


Seniors suffer disproportionately from hunger or food insecurity according to an assessment conducted by DC’s Capital Area Food Bank, due largely to the deadly combination of high rates of poverty and low mobility that result in immense social isolation. Columbia Heights is home to a large community of SNAP-receiving senior residents; as aging adults living independently, their monthly SNAP allowance is minimal and does not provide sufficient means to regularly purchase fresh food from the farmers market, even with the use of matching funds.

With operations for a regular and subsidized SNAP CSA effectively in place, the Columbia Heights Market Share was able to quickly implement a pilot to deliver CSA bags to 35 homebound seniors on a weekly basis. 

In partnership with We Are Family, a local senior care network, Community Foodworks created a home-delivery CSA program for  homebound and limited mobility seniors. Through the program, seniors could access deep discounts on the cost of fresh produce, and relieve the physical challenge of getting to and from the market.

Bags typically included two fruits and two vegetables, both easy-to use and in appropriate portion sizes.

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Summer meals


Free Summer Meals

Summer meals


Free Summer Meals

DC’s first farmers market Summer Meal Site 

In 2015, Community Foodworks was the first farmers market to offer free food that replaced school breakfast and lunch during the summer months. This program helped bring families and children at risk of hunger to the farmers market, where they could discover our access and support programs. The site also helpd build awareness of the Summer Meals program and its other sites among CFW’s regular benefit-customers.  The 2015 pilot was made possible through collaboration with DC Hunger Solutions, summer meals organizer, and CentroNia, healthy school food producer. 

In 2016, Community Foodworks will bring summer meals to our Ward 5 farmers markets and upgrade from snack distribution to full supper service.

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LCDP Tours


Farmers Market Tours

LCDP Tours


Farmers Market Tours

In partnership with La Clinica Del Pueblo, a federally qualified health center located in Columbia Heights, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market offered guided tours on Saturday mornings for individuals participating in a clinical healthy eating and lifestyle course.  The tours provided both nutrition information and also offered context and tips for shopping at the market. Our goal was to help build the knowledge and confidence that it takes to make food shopping decisions independently, promoting farmers market use after the course concluded. 

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