Access to healthy, fresh food can be limited in urban areas, and fairly expensive. The Green Ribbon Collaborative seeks to change that for Detroit. Greening of Detroit, Fair Food Network, Eastern Market Corporation and Gleaners Community Food Bank have teamed up for Fresh Food Share (FFS). FFS is a community program that offers fresh, affordable produce to neighborhoods in Detroit, including Hamtramck and Highland Park, while increasing Detroiter’s knowledge of nutrition and supporting area farmers.
The concept is simple: You can pre-order a box of produce from one of the community sites. Once the boxes have been packed, members pick up their produce from the site. All of the fruits and vegetables are sourced from local farmers and volunteers pack the boxes. FFS delivers to neighborhood sites once a month.
FFS boxes come in three different sizes, each including a newsletter, nutrition information and recipe ideas to get members cooking up some delicious and nutritious dishes.
The types of produce vary every month based on what’s in season and available, but will always include a few staples like potatoes, carrots, onions, a cooking green, and a salad green.
A large mixed box gets the most bang for your buck: 8-12 different vegetables and 3-4 fruits for $24.
The small mixed box provides 7-10 kinds of veggies and 2-3 fruits. The small fruit box will get you 4-6 types of fruit both are $14 each.
To make FFS even more accessible to everyone, you can use SNAP benefits (Bridge Cards), and from July to October, Double Up Food Bucks matches the SNAP benefits spent at farmers markets!
You can order boxes, donate and submit recipes at GCFB.org.
Are you passionate about getting fresh food to the individuals and families of Detroit? FFS can always use volunteers for a handful of needs. From volunteering to package boxes to simply following them on Facebook and Twitter you can help get the word out about the Fresh Food Share Program!