Farmers markets have changed the way we eat and shop for food, while providing an economic lifeline for small farmers. But all too often, low-income families many of whom depend on federal nutrition programs to meet their basic needs are left with an empty plate. Enter Community Foodworks. Through innovative food distribution programs at its four farmers markets, CFW increases the amount of local, healthy foods in low-income households. For shoppers who use SNAP, WIC, and other forms of federal aid, weekly $10 vouchers encourage them to visit their neighborhood market, while a matching dollar program doubles their purchasing power. A subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program ensures that low-income families can take home the same bag of produce as their more affluent neighbors, while free home delivery is available for seniors. And at its flagship market in Columbia Heights, CFW distributes fresh food at wholesale prices to organizations that provide meals to residents and schools in need. This innovative organization builds healthier communities through food justice. Pass the plate, please.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Community Foodworks is: Less than $500k

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