feeding THE COMMUNITY
(Formerly KNown as Cooking for the Community)
"Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment for the soul and body; it's truly love." Giada DeLaurentiis. In the past, Cooking for the Community was an after school club designed to offer time and space to make food to support the Bucks County Housing Group food pantry in Doylestown, and support the monthly Central Bucks Farmer's Markets. During the 2020-21 school year, we are going to covert our club to a Food Drive focused club which will support our efforts at the CBSD Farmer's Market. For more information about the market, read below:
The mission of the Central Bucks School District Farmers Market is to address food insecurity for children in our district. To confront this problem, we began a small farmers market in March 2019. Through the generosity of local organizations, including Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), Philabundance, Grocers Against Hunger, and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, we distributed thousands of pounds of fresh produce to families and children at our markets in our first year.
A week after the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we were able to quickly expand our operation, and moved from a once a month market to once a week. We are committed to providing healthy food to families so that all children have the proper nutrition to learn, but we also do this work because we believe that, at some point in time, we all might need a little extra support. Through the generous donations of so many in our community, we have raised nearly $70,000—every dollar of which goes directly to support families and children in need in our community. Each Wednesday, we offer families fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, canned goods and meat. Most recently, we partnered with Derstine’s Food Services in Sellersville to participate in the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program which has the goal of ensuring that agricultural products make it to families in need while supporting agricultural and food service industry workforces who have been significantly impacted by the closures of restaurants and food service businesses. Through all of these wonderful partnerships, we are now at our peak, currently distributing over 18,000 pounds of food per week to hundreds of families. But we are not finished.
With the start of the school year, we redesigned the model of our market and called on the support of our community, including local church organizations and community and district volunteers. We depleted much of our dry goods inventory throughout the summer and are in need of donations. We are in need of pantry items in order to provide dry goods for our families. Any item or donation would be greatly appreciated. We believe that in a community as well resourced as ours we have a responsibility to support our most vulnerable children, and we are so grateful to the amazing CB staff for your generosity and support as we continue this mission.
Ava Burchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Paige Sokolis email@example.com
Andrew Gery firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK(S) TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Follow these 2 steps to join:
1. Remind App for Communication: To join, text @cbwestc4c to 81010. This will add you to a Remind text-messaging list, which means you'll start receiving important messages about club information.