local food with a purpose

The triple-bottom line – the concept that in addition to profit, businesses should also measure and be accountable for their impacts on people and the planet – is a huge step forward in business consciousness. But at 4P foods, we want to take things one step further. Businesses must be responsible for their impacts on the environment as well as the people and the communities they work with. They also must be financially solvent, making enough money to pay good wages and invest in innovation. But you can do all of those things and still have a company that at its best, simply isn’t too bad. We believe that companies must also exist for a purpose. Purpose, People, Planet, Profit – The four P’s of 4P Foods. Our Purpose is to create a just and equitable food system in the United States. This can be done by ensuring that all people have access to farm-fresh, healthy food, grown using sustainable and humane practices and that the people who produce that food are able to earn a fair and dignified living doing so. That’s why 4P foods sources from environmentally responsible family farmers in the Washington DC foodshed. It’s also why we donate 1 bag of food to one of our partners for every 10 bags we deliver. Our partners include Fauquier Food Bank, Local Food Bank Partners, YMCA Capital View. And why we make it as easy as we can for you to get farm-fresh, healthy food delivered right to your building every week. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we hope you will join us.
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The businesses of today are creating the world of tomorrow. They have the ability, and more importantly the responsibility, to use their economic engines to drive real, lasting, positive social change.
Tom McDougall – Founder
Our litmus test
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Stewards

We are careful in selecting which farmers we source from. All of our growers understand and embrace their role as stewards of the land, the food, and the environment. We encourage them to work towards GAP and Organic Certifications, and promote sustainable farming practices as much as possible.
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Foodsheds

Just like a watershed, food moves through our region following the path of least resistance. We define “local” through a lens of how much time it takes from the field to your door. Our goal is to have that time be 24-48 hours. The vast majority of our product comes from Virginia and Maryland, with a handful of farm partners in North Carolina and Pennsylvania during the winter season. All of them are part of our foodshed. All of them are a critical piece of our local food ecosystem.
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Purposeful

The food we all consume can be a powerful tool for social justice. Our family of farms represent the future foundation of tomorrow’s food system: One that is just, equitable, sustainable, and accessible to all. We at 4P Foods take great care to work with those aligned with our vision and values. We are not just local food, we are local food with a purpose.