AFI’s Farm to Pantry program, in partnership with Long Island Cares, gives farmers an outlet for their surplus produce and pays them for it while at the same time providing hungry Long Islanders with fresh, healthy produce.
Every week during the growing season, AFI aggregates surplus produce for purchase by Long Island’s Food Bank, which then distributes it to 600 food pantries in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In fall and winter, AFI works with local farms to deliver produce directly to local food pantries. These deliveries are especially important in the Hamptons, where jobs are scarce during off-season months. This portion of the program relies entirely on private donors and local support. If you would like to contribute to the Farm to Pantry Program, please contact us directly.
Between 2013 and 2015, the program has accounted for more than 80,000 pounds of produce. We aim to continue to increase this number and work with more interested farmers.
AFI thanks the Long Island Community Foundation for its support of the Farm to Pantry Project.
Farm to Pantry in the Press:
Edible East End Winter 2013: Getting Fresh Local Food to Those in Need
Photo of eggplant by Mallory Samson