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Feed Your Neighbors

Since March 2020, the Feed Your Neighbors (FYN) program with support and assistance from individual donors, community partners, volunteers and partnering organizations, has fed thousands of food insecure individuals in our community.

With charitable donations and community partner funding we purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and staple foods from our local farmers and food vendors. We then partner with local agencies to identify those who are in need and provide food assistance for them, be it via a food box, shopping assistance at the market or simply ensuring our food pantries are supplied with fresh options. This program is a win-win because it provides fresh food to those who are struggling to put food on the table, while also supporting small family farms and, in turn, boosting the local economy.

Building FYN boxes is the most visible aspect of the program, as often we don’t see the end food recipient face to face. Most Saturdays during the earliest part of the market, volunteers gather pre-ordered food from 12-15 PFM farmers, ranchers and bakers and build food boxes full of fresh food. On average, each box contains about $50 worth of local fruits, veggies and locally made staples and feeds a family of four for a week.

We acknowledge that food insecurity is a year-round issue, even before the pandemic, and we will continue our efforts as long as there is a need in our community. Your charitable gift keeps our community’s local food chain intact by ensuring that we have the resources we need to act quickly, evolve, and innovate to ensure our community has access to fresh local food, each and every day.

Thanks to our partner organizations who help us reach households in need:

And a special thanks to our community partners who help make the FYN program sustainable:

 

Here are some heartfelt thank yous from recipients of the Feed Your Neighbors program. This is how much those donations, plus the fresh food from our farmers, ranchers and producers, coupled with volunteer work and community organizations means to Your Neighbors in Need!

“Receiving food boxes from the Prescott Farmers Market has made it easier to access fresh and healthy food that I otherwise would not be able to afford. My favorite box contents have been all of the delicious citrus.”~Anonymous Recipient

“I’m thrilled to receive my Feed Your Neighbors box.  Everything is so beautiful and I can’t get enough of all the greens.  Thank you so much for all that you do for me and our community.”~Anonymous Recipient

“I look forward to opening the food box.  It’s like the best present ever!  I know the food is fresher than anything I could buy at the store, plus it was lovingly grown by local farmers working hard to raise their families, just like I am.  Sometimes, pandemic or not, we all could use a little help temporarily.  I’m very thankful for donors, the market and it’s farmers and volunteers who make this program possible.  I will pay it forward!”~Anonymous Recipient

Whether you drop $5 in the donation jar on box building days, or make a monthly donation of $20 as part of your regular grocery budget, or make a $800 tax credit donation- every cent donated to Feed Your Neighbors goes directly and immediately to the program.  We are honored to help nourish families in our community while simultaneously supporting local farmers and ranchers. Your contribution helps us address both new and ongoing challenges and ensure that your friends, family, and neighbors who need it most are getting fresh produce. Make a donation today!