Cumberland FRESH MATCH dollars

posted on: May 27, 2016

Project SHARE and Farmers on the Square (FOTS) are entering their fourth year of collaboration on a program to assist and encourage recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Senior (and/or) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP/FMNP) benefits (all commonly known as food stamps) to provide additional fresh, healthful, nutritious food for their families.

Farmers on the Square strives to offer all members of our community access to fresh, healthy, nutritious, locally produced products. FRESH MATCH (previously known as Double Up Market Bucks) supplements food stamp dollars spent at the market with matching funds in order to improve accessibility of our farmers’ products for these patrons. Access to high-quality food is important from a public health point of view; in low socioeconomic status groups, the burden of diet-related diseases is disproportionately high. By promoting…Read more



On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

posted on: May 24, 2016

Join us for summer 2016’s Read and Feed Program for Kids.

To many of us, summer vacation brings excitement, but others are filled with apprehension and uncertainty. Some parents do not know whether they will be able to provide their children with nutritious meals without the free school breakfast and lunch program.

As a community, we strive to provide a solution to this problem with the Summer Read and Feed Program! Local churches, organizations, school districts, and numerous dedicated volunteers are working towards feeding these hungry bellies as well as their minds with reading enrichment activities. Hot meals will be prepared and delivered from Project SHARE to this year’s site locations where children will also partake in crafts, books and relationship building activities.

Learn more and volunteer or register!



Join us this gleaning season!

posted on: May 10, 2016

What is gleaning? Gleaning is a biblical concept described several places in the Bible, including in the book of Ruth. It is when the growers purposely leave extras from the field behind for the poor to pick to feed their families. The food is free for those laborers and is considered to come from the generosity of the Lord.

More than 36 local farms and farm markets allow us to glean in their fields or donate fresh produce to us. Project SHARE volunteers and recipients work together to pick fruits and vegetables. The work is hard, but the rewards are many; all the food is FREE for our labor. The donated produce is then available at our Farm Stand.

Volunteer dates are available from June 20 to Oct. 29. Sign up and reserve a space.



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