Friday Harbor Soroptimists Donate $5K So Locals Can Buy Fresh Produce

Posted March 22, 2021 at 5:00 am by

From Fri­day Har­bor Soroptimists

Fri­day Har­bor Sorop­ti­mists have donat­ed $5,000 to the Fresh Bucks Pro­gram man­aged on behalf of Nour­ish to Flour­ish by the Joyce Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Center.

The pro­gram pro­vides match­es for fam­i­ly spend­ing on fruits and veg­eta­bles to increase the amount of fresh pro­duce in their diets. The Farm­ers Mar­ket and San Juan Island Food Coop par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram which is open to any house­hold that already qual­i­fies for oth­er assis­tance programs.

Giv­en the impact of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic on the food secu­ri­ty of vul­ner­a­ble house­holds, the Sorop­ti­mists reviewed the needs of local programs.

Fresh Bucks has been sup­port­ed by Island Air and The San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, but cur­rent­ly needs addi­tion­al funds to con­tin­ue the pro­gram beyond the next few months. The funds also ben­e­fit local farm­ers, mak­ing it a win-win in line with Sorop­ti­mists’ on-going farm­ers mar­ket pro­gram for WIC/Senior Nutri­tion pro­gram clients.

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