Willamette Farm & Food Coalition Board and Staff are committed to facilitating and supporting the development of a secure, sustainable, and inclusive food system in Lane County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across Oregon have been impacted by this crisis, which presents serious challenges for vulnerable families, unhoused people, farmers, farmworkers, food business owners, and food service workers.
In the midst of uncertainty and increasing economic hardship, WFFC continues to hold farmers and eaters at the center of all that we do. Here are some of our recent efforts to provide access to fresh, healthy, and sustainable food for all during this challenging time:
We continue to fund Double Up Food Bucks at six farmers markets in Lane County, and have launched a pilot program to develop SNAP/EBT matching for local farmstands.
We partnered with FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) to launch the Farm to Food Bank pilot program. Between April and June 2020, WFFC facilitated the purchase of over $50,000 worth of produce, meat, and value-added products from 17 farmers. More than 13,000 pounds of food went to FFLC partner food pantries.
We loaned out our Local Food Marketplace web platform to FFLC’s Spring Plant Sale to allow for online ordering instead of in-person sales. Over $22,000 in plants were sold through the online platform, with all funds raised going directly to the FFLC Youth Farm.
We surveyed farmers and local food providers and produced an online addendum to the Locally Grown Guide with information about how farms have adapted their business practices during COVID-19. This addendum features farmers who offer online ordering, low-interaction CSAs, local food delivery options and more, encouraging eaters to purchase locally-grown food safely.
Our 2020 Locally Grown Guide has been released on schedule.
Your free, premier guide for sourcing local foods is now available for download.