Connecting Agency Partners to Minnesota-Grown Produce through Case Subscriptions
As more fresh produce becomes available from local growers, Second Harvest Heartland has been working to find new ways to get the fresh food to our agency partner programs of all sizes. This year, agency partners have the opportunity to subscribe to a delivery of one to three boxes of each type of produce available with their order. Boxes of produce weigh between 30-40 pounds and contain a variety of what’s in season. This option has allowed smaller food shelves and other agency partners to receive local produce that’s in season, in a quantity that they can distribute easily to clients without worrying about storage or potential surplus.
Roger Raschke from Pipestone County Area Food Shelf joined the program to offer more vegetable options to the clients they serve.
“I signed up for three cases each week and we’ve been receiving up to six different varieties of outstanding, quality vegetables with each delivery,” says Raschke. “The number of individuals we serve has more than doubled in the past few years. With all of the fresh produce, we’ve been able to put a lot more food in the hands of people without spending more money.”
The Pipestone County Area Food Shelf is open one day per week and Roger says that delivery days at the food shelf are always the busiest, as people are excited about the produce.
“We don’t limit what people take and the produce is really good stuff that they can’t afford at the store. People are canning and freezing items so everything is usually distributed within the first week it’s available.”