Q: Are the markets open to anyone?
A: Yes! Our community markets are open to anyone looking for access to affordable, healthy produce.
Q: Is Produce in a SNAP a non-profit?
A: Produce in a SNAP does not have 501 (c) (3) status. We intend on scaling this initiative so that it can expand to as many schools, community centers, and cities as possible. In order to do so, the program needs to be self sustainable so that we can re-invest funds into the addition of new sites and feed more people. Hungry Harvest believes that solving hunger through charitable donations is only one piece of the puzzle. Entrepreneurship allows us to cultivate food justice faster and impact more people in the long run.
Q: What is recovered produce?
A: Fruits and vegetables that are perfectly good to eat, but would normally go to waste because of aesthetic imperfections (misshapen or off-color), surplus (when farms had a better than expected growing season), or logistical problems (when grocery stores over-order produce). Truckloads of fruits and veggies can get rejected and we rescue this produce in an effort to help mend a broken food system. To date, we have provided over 200,000 pounds of low cost fruits & veggies to families and individuals with limited food access.
Q: What forms of payment to you accept?
A: We accept cash, credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT at all of our sites.
Q: Is the produce locally grown all year-round?
A: We place a higher priority over recovering produce from going to waste than its origin. During the growing season (late spring through late fall) we source most of our produce from farmers within a 200-mile radius of our markets. This means that for now, most of what we subsidize comes from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. In the offseason, we expand our network to suppliers in warmer regions of the country such as Florida. Since most food we source is coming to this area anyway, we maintain a low carbon imprint regardless of food origin.
Q: How do I know what produce will be available on a weekly basis?
A: Check our "This Week's Harvest" page every Monday to see what produce each of our markets will be offering for that week. The core product at our markets is a reduced-cost bag of fruits and veggies with the contents of the bag changing on a weekly basis. Our markets offer replacement items in case you want to swap out something from your bag for a fruit or veggie that better suits your needs, there is no limit to the number of swaps you can make. We also offer flash sale produce that can be purchased in addition to your regular $7 bag.
Q: What happens to the surplus produce that isn't sold each week?
A: When overages occur, we donate to local hunger solving organizations such as food pantries, churches, and senior centers.
Q: How often are the Produce in a SNAP sites open?
A: Ideally we are open every week, all year 'round (based on the school year in some locations)! Safety of our workers and volunteers is paramount, so if weather issues arise, we will update our website to indicate temporary or total closures.
Q: What is a typical consistency of a bag?
A: Bags are stuffed full with 8 - 10 lbs of produce depending on variety available. Each includes on average 2-3 types of fruits, 3-5 types of veggies, and 1 leafy green.
Q: Do the sites offer any sort of nutrition education?
A: We are currently seeking partnerships to include cooking demos at our sites. If you are a nutritionist willing to volunteer your skills to help us advise our clients on how to eat healthier please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How can I get a site launched at a public or charter school near me?
A: We’re always looking to expand! Community support is vital to our quick expansions, so if you would like to add your name to our wait list or simply to get more information about our program, please contact Hungry Harvest's Food Access Manager, Will McCabe, at email@example.com.