Introducing FarmShare: 412 Food Rescue Expands CSA Program for Equitable Access

By May 13, 2024Programs

Local farm shares are BACK this summer - with a new way to increase food access around the Greater Pittsburgh region!

412 Food Rescue expands their summer CSA program of farm fresh produce to now include the option to purchase shares for others.

Formerly known as UglyCSA, 412 Food Rescue’s community supported agriculture program has partnered with Isidore Foods to acquire farm fresh produce for weekly subscription bags available for pickup throughout the city at partnering locations. The UglyCSA program was an innovative avenue through which to reduce food waste and encourage community participation. 

For the 2024 season, 412 Food Rescue wanted a way for this program to touch on both pillars of their mission: reducing food waste and reducing food insecurity.

Rebranded as “FarmShare”, the program now offers both weekly shares available for individuals to receive, as well as an equal amount of shares available for sponsorship, so community members experiencing food insecurity also have the opportunity of receiving weekly bags of locally-sourced produce. 

Individuals, companies, or organizations can opt to sponsor an identical share of 10 weeks of local produce that will be distributed by 412 Food Rescue to families in need throughout Pittsburgh. By sponsoring a share (or multiple!), you are directly supporting local communities, local agriculture, and 412 Food Rescue programming. 

Whether subscribed or sponsored, each share saves about 100 pounds of good food from entering the waste stream, as well as 1,360 gallons of water used in the growing process.

“I’m so grateful to introduce another way to reduce food waste, create new markets for local farmers, and share access to farm-fresh produce within our communities.”

Greg AustinDirector of Distribution Initiatives, 412 Food Rescue

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