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Care and Share launches 'farm to table' program supporting rural communities and farmers

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Jul 09, 2024

EL PASO COUNTY — Care and Share Foodbank is one of the biggest food distributors in Southern Colorado. On Tuesday, CEO Nate Springer took the chance to discuss a little bit about a program that seeks to provide a source of income for farmers while still serving the food needs of rural communities.

The "Farm to Table" program purchases food from farmers in Southern Colorado and uses that food in the foodbank's mobile markets.

According to the food bank, last year, they distributed 670,327 pounds of food through their mobile market program.

The organization says this is a cost-effective and a win-win situation for local businesses and community members. Federally funded, Care and Share Foodbank is utilizing the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) program.

Nate Springer, the President of Care and Share Foodbank says the goal is to provide the community with a higher quality of food.

"Instead of food coming to Care and Share, those partnered agencies can straight to the farmer and get the food from the farmer right back into food pantries," said Springer.

Plus, Foodbank Program Director Steven Williams says the program is expected to save a lot of money.

"No longer we are having our trucks to go and pick up that food and move it quickly so it stays fresh," said Williams.

"LFPA elevates their work, elevates our partners' work, and it gets more quality nutritious food to neighbors we serve," said Springer.

Click here to learn more about Care and Share Foodbank.

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