Did You Know...
Most American farmers fail to generate enough revenue to turn a profit, let alone make a living. In San Diego County, where agriculture is the fifth largest industry, 74% of farmers say they have to earn additional income outside of farming. Almost 80% of farms in San Diego are considered small and most of them generate less than $20,000 in annual revenue.
Did you also know that nutrition security programs distribute more than 36 million pounds of food every year, but only 34% is fresh produce and there is still a gap of more than 13 million meals per month to ensure San Diegans basic needs are met.
What Can +BOX Do?
+BOX is launching the Local Greens project to increase our support for local farmers by integrating more locally grown produce into our nutrition security program in a way that creates increased value for farmers and nutrition insecure families.
Yes, +BOX does already source some of our produce from local farms, but in many cases it arrives as an in-kind donation, is rescued from farmer’s markets, or purchased in small quantities.
The Local Greens project will:
Invest in the local agriculture economy by increasing the amount of locally grown produce we purchase each week.
Provide higher quality, fresher, and more nutrient rich produce to nutrition insecure students and their families.
Support a local food system that is more sustainable.
What Can You Do?
We invite you to support the Local Greens project by donating to our Local Greens Fund. Every dollar donated to the Local Greens Fund will be used to purchase locally grown produce from local farmers for +BOX distribution to nutrition insecure families.
Our goal is to raise $30,000 by June 30 to support the Local Greens Project for the remainder of our 2022 program year.