The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is seeking partners for an innovative program called the Fruits and Vegetables Fund (F&V Fund). In 2016, the CAFB distributed over 46 million pounds of food, 15 million of which was fresh fruits and vegetables in part due to the F&V Fund. Each CAFB partners with local farms to purchase high-quality, cosmetically imperfect produce to provide to their partner agencies through Agency Mart, where they can pick up the produce at no cost. This allows CAFB to both provide more nutritious food to their partners and to support local agriculture by guaranteeing a steady source of income.
CAFB is now accepting bids for the 2017 F&V season, which will run from June to December. Interested parties should send the completed agreement to me by COB on March 1, 2017, and growers invited to participate will be sent a separate contract prior to the start of the season. For more information contact Lauren Sauder at email@example.com.