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Growing Strong Agricultural Connections

SPRING 2014

Strategy 3: Grower Relationships — Ensuring Nutritious Food

Two new agriculture programs and a dedicated staff position will enhance efforts to secure fresh, nutritious food.

Growing Connections
Last year, with a grant from The Boeing Company, Northwest Harvest began a project to evaluate emerging trends and best practices in farming, and identify efficient sustainable programs that could benefit the hunger relief network. The study looked at how farmers, food banks and local communities can work together to eliminate hunger. The research findings will be published this month as a toolkit to support our more than 360 partners in their own Growing Connections efforts.

Agriculture Connection Program
Fruits and vegetables comprise about two-thirds of the food Northwest Harvest distributes. Through our new Agriculture Connection Program, we will source more food locally and use more of our financial resources toward purchasing food.

Emphasizing product variety and truckload quantities, we anticipate securing nearly half a million new pounds for the food stream.

Agriculture Relations Specialist
A new Agriculture Relations Specialist based out of Central Washington will focus on strengthening relationships with our current donors and developing new relationships across the state. This is a “boots on the ground” approach to working with Washington agriculture farmers, packers, food processors and others to increase the availability of food to the system.