April Food Access Update
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members;
Exciting things are sprouting in the Foothills, we are thrilled to share with you some of what's happening this month to promote access to healthy foods and how to get involved.
Kendall School Garden "Seeds of Change" Grant
We need your help! The Kendall School Garden is applying for a "Seeds of Change" grant to support opportunities for kids to cook fresh from the garden in an after school food club and develop "kids cook" community meals aimed at boosting family participation in school events. To be considered for this grant, they must be one of the 50 gardens with the most votes. You can vote once a day from today through April 18th. Cast your vote to support the Kendall School Garden here! To learn more about the awesome work being done with the Kendall School Garden, or to get involved, contact Volunteer Garden Coordinator, Andrea Schmidt.
This year's Spring Pantry program was a huge success! On April 1st, volunteers delivered boxes of supplemental, healthy, kid-friendly food to 227 local kids from 82 families. A huge thank you to the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this happen!
Spring Pantry volunteers on April 1st
Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand
The Common Threads Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand will be back at Kendall Elementary every Wednesday from 3-5pm, starting on April 20th and ending June 8th. The Farm Stand features fresh produce from Foothills-based Grateful Bounty Farm, and works to teach students about the business side of running a Farm Stand. The Farm Stand accepts SNAP (a.k.a. EBT or "food stamps") and offers a Fresh Bucks-style match of up to $10 for every SNAP dollar spent on fruits and vegetables. Proceeds from the For more information, contact Common Threads Garden Educator, Eric Bablinskas. Be sure to stop by and show your support!
Students making a sale at the 2015 Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand
Twin Sisters Market
The Twin Sisters Market is gearing up for their second season, which goes from the first week of June through the end of October. The Market will be located at Nugent's Corner on Saturdays from 9am-3pm and at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center in Kendall from 10am-2pm. The Market now accepts SNAP and is participating in the Fresh Bucks program, which provides a match of up to $10 for every SNAP dollar spent.
Twin Sisters Market is a collective of six Foothills-based farms working to improve food access in East Whatcom through creative market opportunities. The Market is funded in part by the Community Food Co-op's Farm Fund program, and is a Community Shopping Day grant recipient for the month of May. Help support Twin Sisters by shopping on Saturday, May 21st at the Community Food Co-op (2% of all proceeds for the day go towards Twin Sisters) or rounding up your purchase to donate to Twin Sisters throughout the month. For more information, contact Market Coordinator, Chris Elder.
The Twin Sisters 2016 Market Team
If you have updates or ideas to share, or want to be involved in any of the projects listed in the Foothills Food Access Plan, please contact us at email@example.com or call Cheryl Thompson, FCFP Chair, at 360-303-0420.
Thank you for your passion and dedication to improving healthy food access in the Foothills Community!
Foothills Community Food Partnership