Once it became clear that #COVID19 was going to fundamentally change the way we live our lives and threaten the livelihoods of farmers, food businesses, and countless others, things have looked very different at 4P Foods. And not just because we are working extra hard to ensure the safety of our food, customers, and team in the face of this pandemic. We put our mission—helping small, independent farms thrive, while ensuring that all people have access to Good Food—into overdrive.
We raised our hand to help lead a regional response to this crisis, and the diverse coalition that has formed represents everyone from restaurants to farmers, taxi fleets to food banks. At this very moment, 4P Foods, Local Food Hub, and other members of this coalition are working together and mobilizing to fill gaps in the food system across our region. Together are helping to lead the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition, MAFRAC.
In this time of unprecedented need, it is more important than ever that we invest in the local food system, both to keep farms and food businesses a viable and stable source of food production and to provide equitable food access to the most vulnerable in our communities. We invite you to stand with us.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- Donate if you can. 4P Foods is seeking $100K for its DMV/VA Farms and Food Fund for the immediate expansion of our work supporting farmers and local food access. Direct large philanthropic donations for our $10M drive to [email protected]
- Spread the word and follow #MAFRAC for emerging content and tag relevant coalition success stories.
- Follow @4pfoods as a resource for local volunteer and other food justice opportunities to act. As a small team, we don’t yet have a broad community guide but regularly share community resources on Instagram Stories. Tag or DM us and we’ll spread the word!
- Follow @localfoodhub and support their hyper-local farmer services and food access work in Charlottesville.
- Check out other organizations, resources, and ways to give to emergency food access efforts in the greater DMV region at DC Food Project.