Food Access and Affordability
Food retail outlets, farms, community organizations, and state initiatives work to make local food more accessible and affordable to all income levels. There are many ways for families to boost their buying power to get the freshest food onto the dinner table. Here are some ways:
GRANITE STATE MARKET MATCH
The Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets.Not only does this program provide access and affordable healthy, local foods for SNAP participants, it also provides economic benefits to the participating vendors/farmers and host communities. Please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District for more information.
Monadnock food Coop’s
Healthy Food For All Program
Community gardens bring together men, women, and children to cultivate soil and grow food for distribution to others. This act of harvesting and sharing food builds stronger relationships, a deeper appreciation for our food, and a sense of empowerment for all involved.
Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. The Community Kitchen gleaning and Hillsborough gleaning programs harvest food for distribution to local food pantries.
38 Ways to Stem Hunger in the Monadnock Region - “A Place at The Table” Call to Action
MFCC “Educating on the Importance of Eating Locally Produced Food” forum, Sept 2013. Notes
MFCC “A Place At The Table” forum: Food Insecurity in the Monadnock Region by Erin Languille
MFCC Food Access brochure March 2016 forum