Crossroads Community Food Network (crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org) increases access to fresh, local, healthy food in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community through programs that empower residents to improve health, build wealth and be active participants in the local food system. Programs include an innovative SNAP matching program at Crossroads Farmers Market, which serves 2,000 people annually, as well as community-based healthy eating education, microenterprise training for low-income food entrepreneurs, and a Community Kitchen geared toward helping them succeed.
HEADQUARTERED: Takoma Park
SERVES: Takoma and Langley Park
WHAT A DONATION BUYS:
• $500 covers the cost of ingredients for a series of Healthy Eating sessions for fourth and fifth graders at local schools with high Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMS) participation. • $1,000 offsets the cost of a food license for six low-income food entrepreneurs. • $5,000 provides Fresh Checks incentives, which match SNAP benefits spent on fresh produce at Crossroads Farmers Market, to seven eligible families for the entire market season.
• Weekly: Help with nutrition and cooking lessons at local schools.
• Weekly: Help older customers shop for produce at the market.