What a season it has been! As everyone has experienced, to differing degrees, 2020 has been a very difficult year. Food insecurity has surged globally and locally as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation, economic depression, and the shock waves through the food supply chain. Locally, demand for food aid has risen for those who were already experiencing food insecurity and has expanded to include households that are experiencing under employment, or mandated isolation. During this tumultuous time, food assistance programs have reported a 40-300% increased demand for services.
Despite this year, one constant for us on the Bounty Team has been the farm and the seasonal flows that take us through the growing season. We were grateful to be able to use the farm to help respond to this rising food insecurity need as we seek to provide healthy food for everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status. With that in mind, as we are wrapping up the growing season, we want to take a few minutes and share some updates from our CSA season and thank each and every person who donated to our Sponsor a Box fundraiser, whether you tossed your extra change into the donation jar at one of our produce outlets or are a business that donated a larger amount.
Every contribution went to helping us keep offering our sliding scale farmstand and offering a discount on our CSA – either 30% for our low income community members or 50% for those on EBT. Also, the funds we raised went to more than just Petaluma Bounty, we were honored to fundraise along Singing Frogs Farm and Feed Sonoma. Because of the generosity of the community, we raised over $6,000 to continue this program despite it not being grant-funded this year. For more information about the fundraiser and our CSA program, please read our recent blog post on our Sponsor-A-Box Fundraiser.
We are proud to say that we distributed 212 Bounty Bags this season with 82 of them being at a 30% discount and 64 of them being 50% for those utilizing EBT.
All of those bags represent a family that increased their local, healthy, fresh vegetable consumption this year through participating in this program; thanks to you all, the majority of our bags were able to go to a home that needed the extra help in their food budget. If you have any questions about our Bounty Bag Program or would like to sign up for more information, please fill out this Google form and someone from the team will be in touch with you.