Each FRESHFARM Market works in coordination with a gleaning partner. Gleaning is the collection of leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been mechanically harvested or from fields that are not economically profitable to harvest. Gleaning is often practiced by humanitarian groups that distribute gleaned food to communities in need.Arlington Food Assistance Center is a community-based nonprofit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington neighbors in need. Now more than 20 years after its founding, the Arlington Food Assistance Center remains dedicated to its simple but critical mission of obtaining and distributing groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs. In Fiscal Year 2010, AFAC served an average of 1,208 families each week and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food. Volunteers donated more than 25,000 hours of time.
DC Central Kitchen, our Dupont Circle partner, uses food as a tool to: 1) "strengthen bodies" by safely recovering unserved food from local foodservice businesses to feed children and adults at partner agencies throughout the greater Washington, DC, area; 2) "empower minds" by providing culinary job training for unemployed men and women and community-service opportunities for youth and adults; and 3) "build communities" by providing working examples, innovative solutions and technology to a cooperative and effective national network of programs that use food to make change in their communities.
First Church of Christ Holiness, USA, gleans from the H Street NE FRESHFARM Market to provide food to parishioners and residents of Brookland Manor, a section-8, low-income housing community.
The Light House has been providing crucial homeless prevention and support services for two decades. It is the only shelter in Anne Arundel County that serves both individuals and families year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lighthouse's four core areas of service include homeless prevention aid in the form of financial assistance, food pantry distribution, and a bag lunch program, emergency shelter, transitional housing and support programs that include professional caseworkers and life-skill coaches. The Light House is a program of Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc., and is supported by the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Light House Shelter. Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
Miriam's Kitchen in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood has served homeless individuals in the District of Columbia since 1983. Approximately 75 percent of their guests are sleeping on the streets and in shelters. This means that Miriam's may be the only place that they go to for help. Miriam's Kitchen's mission is to provide individualized services that address the causes and consequences of homelessness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, both directly and by facilitating connections in the Washington, DC community.
St. Michaels Community Food Bank, also known as the Food Pantry, is located in a dedicated space in the Christ Church's parish house on Willow Street and is administered by volunteers. There are no paid employees and overhead costs are absorbed by Christ Church. On average, more than 100 families utilize the Food Bank throughout the year. In addition to providing local families with bags of groceries, they provide complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Graul's Market donates turkeys for these dinners, as well as offering a year-round discount efforts, please contact Nancy and John Masone, St. Michaels Community Food Bank Managers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thrive DC provides vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC is the gleaning partner of 3 FRESHFARM Markets: Penn Quarter, by the White House and Health and Human Services.