Agriculture is the Commonwealth’s #1 private industry; yet more than one million Virginians will face food insecurity this year. Providing fresh produce is a key part to fighting hunger in Virginia.
We are hearing the high demand for healthier and more nutritious food items from our food banks across the Commonwealth. In response, we have established the ‘Farms to Food Banks’ initiative, which will allow increased access to fresh produce for our neighbors while supporting the hard work and generous spirit of the Commonwealth’s growers.
The newly established VFAP program works to assure funds are available up front to pay the fixed costs associated with donating excess product.
We are prioritizing partnerships with local Virginia growers to increase the supply of fresh, nutritious foods to those in need while also supporting the regional agriculture economy. If you are interested in learning more about this program and becoming a certified vendor to Virginia’s food bank network, please contact Greg Knight (@gknight@brafb) at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for more information.