The holiday giving season is here and we know that you are starting to think about your year-end giving. There are so many ways to donate to or participate with FRESHFARM Markets, and we very much appreciate every dollar and every hour you spend on or with us! Our market communities are the heart of our mission as we operate our farmers markets each week, but FRESHFARM Markets is also a 501©3 nonprofit organization and we need to raise funds each year so that our farmers markets, our five community outreach and education programs (Matching Dollars, FoodPrints, Chef at Market, Farmer Fund and Market Gleaning) are all funded adequately, for more information on these programs, please click here. FRESHFARM Markets is supported each year by a combination of market fees, foundation grants, corporate gifts and sponsorships, special events and most importantly, by individual donors like you.
As many of you already know, today is the second annual Giving Tuesday and for this very special day, we focus on our FoodPrints program which teaches local school children the science of the natural world and the benefits of growing, harvesting and cooking local, fresh and healthy food. One of our new favorite days of the year is today! Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a dynamic national day of giving. In the same way that retail stores collectively offer “after Thanksgiving” days of shopping, we want you, our giving community, to come together and for Giving Tuesday 2013, to donate to our campaign for a second FoodPrints teaching kitchen, this time for School Within School, an arts-inspired public elementary school in northeast Washington, DC.
Students at SWS who already participate in FoodPrints harvest vegetables in the school garden, learn about the science of the plants and good nutrition, prepare delicious recipes, and eat healthy, seasonal food together. We need to raise $15,000 for this campaign so we can outfit the classroom and purchase the supplies needed for our school children to be safe as they cook. The money raised today will buy a dishwasher, a countertop display mirror, a large kitchen island, shelving with grow lights to begin plants from seeds indoors, an indoor composting unit, and high-quality instruction for students grades PreK3 through 3rd grade in the teaching kitchen.
If you miss Giving Tuesday or want to make your donation later in the month, with a direct year-end donation to FRESHFARM Markets you are also helping to ensure that everyone in the DC metro area has access to fresh, locally grown, affordable food while also supporting our regional farmers and producers (to make a direct donation, click here). In 2013, FRESHFARM Markets is also very proud to be a designated charity of the Catalogue of Philanthropy as one of the most trusted, community-based nonprofits in the Greater Washington region. Their annual catalogue is available now and we appreciate the opportunity to be included this season. To donate through the Catalogue of Philanthropy, click here. If you prefer to make your annual donations through the Network For Good, please click here. For those of you who work for a Federal agency, we invite you to support FRESHFARM Markets in your workplace giving through the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFC #99308).
There are so many ways to support FRESHFARM Markets in 2014! Our farmers markets are the perfect venue for your sustainable business! Our sponsorship opportunities offer a tabling option and many other benefits. We also encourage sponsorship of our events each year, especially our annual Farmland Feast gala, but we love to help our supporters host their own fundraising events for us! We are always lucky enough to benefit from the generosity of our neighbors, friends and partners. You can choose to donate a percentage of sales on a designated business day, host a charitable party or create a program with us. For more information about supporting FRESHFARM Markets, please contact: Amanda Phillips Manheim at 202-362-8889, extension 5 or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, as you think about your spare time this holiday season and beyond, please consider volunteering with us! We can always use a hand at our farmers markets or in our office and would love to meet you! We have lots of options for those of you who would like to spend some time volunteering with FRESHFARM Markets. For more information on volunteering with us, please contact: DanaRybak@freshfarmmarkets.org.
Thanks so much for your support!