Adopt-A-Family Local Foods Connection

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: PO Box 2821 Iowa City IA 52244 USA

Mission: Local Foods Connection is a non-profit food relief agency based in Iowa City, Iowa. We purchase food items from local farmers and donate these goods to families whose economic or social status prevent them from enjoying such nutritious, tasty and fresh foods. We also provide opportunities for our adopted families to visit the farms and to learn healthy cooking methods.
Geographic areas served: Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa
Programs: Local Foods Connection works with families who, throughout a four to five month period, are committed to preparing good, healthy meals using our donated produce. We are matched with families who care about what they eat and the environment in which they live with the help of local charitable, religious, and social service organizations. Once a family has been adopted, Adopt-A-Family coordinates food delivery, plans a family excursion to one of the farms, and introduces the families to small family farming and sustainable agriculture.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with Local Foods Connection for the last three years. I was drawn to the organization because they are the only group I know of that works to connect low-income individuals with fresh, local, organically produced vegetables and fruits, while educating families about farming, food, and the land. I have seen firsthand the astonishing amount of work that goes into this all-volunteer organization. I would encourage anyone who can to devote some time to LFC to help them fulfill their mission of providing fresh, local produce to people in need. There is always a need for extra hands in the office, on farm days, and for community events. LFC, thank you for your hard work in making our community a more just and welcoming place to live. I have seen firsthand the difference that LFC makes in client families' lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving the diets of client families, enriching the lives of its volunteers, and supporting the livelihoods of local farmers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I can see the ways in which my volunteer effort contributed to the physiological and emotional health of our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, outgoing, enthusiastic, committed, hard-working, and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place, one locally produced organic vegetable at a time.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of human power! Please consider contributing to LFC's efforts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have known Local Foods Connection for over a couple of years now. I first helped out in the summer of 2007 when I accompanied families in the program who receive CSA shares out to the farms which supply the produce. Most of these families, especially the children, had little experience with farms. These trips, then, became an amazing interactive learning experience in which the farmer(s) delightfully answered any and all questions. In driving the families out to the farms, I had the opportunity to hear how grateful they were to have the shares, because it allowed them to eat more nutritiously. And in some cases, I had the opportunity to hear the personal stories that really emphasized the necessity of programs like LFC. My experience with LFC that summer led me (with some help from LFC) to start a similar program in Grinnell, IA. We have purchased CSA shares from local farmers for area families for two summers now. It has been a tough project for us to coordinate, because we've been working with disadvantaged families who have little access to transportation and who sometimes have multiple jobs. But that just goes to show how inspiring it is that LFC continues to be successful and to help more families. I know that there is much more work to be done when it comes to building a just (local) foods system in Iowa and LFC is the group to do it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Talking to families who receieved CSA shares and in starting my own, similar project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would consider working to establish community gardens so that these families can try to grow some food for themselves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passionate idea behind it and seeing the visible impact it makes in the lives of the families it serves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a just food system in Iowa, strengthening the lives of disadvantaged (disabled, poor, migrant, etc.) families as well as the farmers who sell their produce to the program.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to help out for a longer period of time!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Consistently recruiting volunteers and securing sustainable funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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