Q: Are the markets open to anyone?
A: We aim to serve those families and individuals on government assistance programs such as SNAP/EBT, FMNP, WIC, SSDI, TCA, ect... That said, we do not ask for ID or proof of income to qualify.
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 spread to as many schools, community centers, and cities as possible. In order to do so, the program needs to be self sustainable so we can re-invest funds into new sites and feed more people. Hungry Harvest believes that solving hunger through charitable donations is only one piece of the puzzle. Entrepreneurship will allow 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 get thrown away because of aesthetic imperfections (misshapen or off-color) or logistical problems (when grocery stores over-order produce, they can reject truckloads which would get thrown away).
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. This means that 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. As 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 on Monday's to see what 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 as well in case you want to swap out something from your bag for an item that better suits your needs.
Q: What happens to the surplus produce that isn't sold each week?
A: When overages occur, we donate to local charities 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! Safety of our workers and volunteers is paramount, so if there are weather issues, 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, 4-6 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 best prepare our clients to eat healthy please email Will@hungryharvest.net
Q: How can I get a site launched at a public or charter school near me?
A: There is currently a wait list for our services, which is why community support is so vital to our quick expansions. Please contact Hungry Harvest's Food Access Manager, Will McCabe, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.