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Groundwork Share-a-Share Program™
As part of our mission, we strive to make high-quality fresh produce accessible to as many members of our community as we can. In 2008, GWL established a fund to subsidize the cost of CSA shares to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship. Today, Groundwork Share-a-Share™ donations are used to subsidize the cost of fresh food through subsidized CSA shares, incentive programs for our Farmers Markets, Fruit and Vegetable Prescriptions (FVRx), and fresh food donations to food pantries. Through our Groundwork Share-a-Share™ Program, you can make a tax-deductible donation to help us extend the benefits of fresh, locally-grown food to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
Share-a-Share™ funds are used in part to fund our Fruit and Veggie Prescription (FVRx) program.Through the FVRx program, GWL partners with the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC)'s Healthy Weight Clinic. GLFHC doctor's prescribe FVRx to their patients which are redeemable at the GWL Lawrence Farmers Market. Patients use the prescriptions to purchase fresh produce in order to improve their diet and health.
Your donation in the 2013 CSA season is particularly crucial because our primary FVRx foundation funder is unable to support our program this year. This means that without your donation, we will be unable to help a significant number of low-income families who suffer from diet-related health disparities afford fresh produce.
To compensate, we are hoping to raise $25,000 in GWL Share-a-Share™ funds. To date, we have already raised $3,735 towards this goal.
Please send in your donation today. Thank you!
Here are some examples of how far your donation can go:
- $28 will support 1 week's FVRx prescription at $1/day for a family of 4.
- $86 will support a CSA Small Vegetable Share for a month.
- $100 will allow 10 Lawrence Farmers Market SNAP (food stamp) or WIC-paying customers to double their purchase (up to $10).
- $117 will support a CSA Regular Vegetable Share for a month.
- $150 will allow 30 low-income Lawrence residents to receive Farmers Market gift cards to increase their access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you are unable to give individually, are you part of a church, religious organization, club, or association that would be willing to donate a weekly collection or offering to the Groundwork Share-a-Share™ program? If so please contact Tracy to arrange making a group gift.
Any amount you donate will help Groundwork Lawrence provide shares to families and individuals in need. Your support means a lot to us, and to those who strive to feed their families' affordable, nutritious food on a limited budget. You can make your tax-deductible donation to our Groundwork Share-a-Share™ program online or by mail - please refer to the main Donate page for more information.