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StarkFresh

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Causes: Agricultural Programs, Economic Development, Food, Food Programs

Mission: Our Mission Tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty. Vision We envision a Stark County where a culture of good nutrition creates a better quality of life as well as a community that is rejuvenated and empowered, free from the restraints of systematic poverty. We are connecting growers, consumers, and producers to help create a better food system that focuses on making locally sourced, nutrient-dense, and affordable foods available to everyone in Stark County. We support learning and teaching opportunities that promote the growth, use, and sale of local foods and assist in the growth of urban agricultural and food employment opportunities.

Results: 283,486.84 individual servings of food distributed via our Mobile Grocery Market since 2014 163,755 Seed Packets distributed through our Seed Library since 2015 $461,789.10 The commercial value of the Seed Packets distributed at no cost through our Seed Library since 2015 20,614 Vegetable seedlings started at our Training Farm since 2016

Target demographics: Mission Tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: distribute 1000's of pounds of healthy, organicically grown produce throughout the community, to those who need it most.

Geographic areas served: Greater Stark County, Ohio

Programs: Vision We envision a Stark County where a culture of good nutrition creates a better quality of life as well as a community that is rejuvenated and empowered, free from the restraints of systematic poverty. We are connecting growers, consumers, and producers to help create a better food system that focuses on making locally sourced, nutrient-dense, and affordable foods available to everyone in Stark County. We support learning and teaching opportunities that promote the growth, use, and sale of local foods and assist in the growth of urban agricultural and food employment opportunities.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

StarkFresh provides a wonderful service to our community by bridging the gap so that otherwise "food deserts" are able to have access to fresh vegetables and fruits plus other foods at extremely affordable prices. The dedication that Tom and Teresa have to this community and the passion they bring to this organization is to be admired; they continually look for ways to improve and expand this organization while always taking into account the needs of the community. Thank you, Tom and Teresa!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Starkfresh is a great organization, filling a real need in the Stark County area. In addition to an urban teaching farm, they distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors and those in food deserts. The energy and passion of the staff is wonderful to see!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Thorne's closed we lost the only way to shop for fresh food. Having a StarkFresh stop near my home each week helped me be able to afford to eat healthier and get back on my diet.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The StarkFresh Veggie Mobile was a lifesaver for me and my family. Being able to afford healthy food for our family of 5 is an increasing struggle for us. Being able to have my Direction card matched so I could purchase more food with it was a godsend.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

StarkFresh continues to be a leader in the local food system in Stark County, OH. Their dedication to look at the larger picture and work with others to tackle all areas of the food supply is quite impressive.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

StarkFresh is doing amazing work in this community, providing access to healthy, locally-grown food to those who need it most. I'm so proud to be involved with this organization!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is touching lives in big and small ways. There are great things to happen through this organization of people with minds and hearts to reach others in need of quality food resources. Way to go Stark Fresh!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best place to get produce during the summer months without breaking the bank. Love, love, love StarkFresh.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

StarkFresh leads initiatives in our community that bring fresh food and access to Stark County. Their mobile market, urban farming and extensive seed library are just a few of the projects that bring awareness and action to food insecurity. Tom and Teresa are passionate leaders that have brought a nonprofit leading change for our community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best place to buy fresh produce. StarkFresh's mission is to improve Healthy Food access throughout Stark County. Thank you for all you do to enhance community development in the City of Canton.

2 Karen D.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an excellent idea! You can tell the workers and volunteers really pour their hearts into brining food to food deserts.

3 Michael S.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I really loved the 5k Turtle Crawl.

It brought people into one of the food deserts, that they were unaware of.

I also donated a relaxation basket, that was well received.

Keep up the good work!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stark Fresh are truly out there trying to make a real difference in my community.not just handshakes, candy and thumbs up to every passerby. This community has alot of malnourished children and even adults and stark fresh is out there every day pushing forward and helping the community. I'm proud that I've help in any small way that I can

2 Abby P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

StarkFresh is always doing innovative things to make Canton better. They're a small team of 2 + Americorps volunteers, so their output is incredible. From their urban teaching farms to their veggie mobiles to their Better Blocks and community grocery store development, they're making real change in Stark County.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Innovative and impactful! StarkFresh is a small but strong nonprofit in Canton, addressing a big issue in creative ways.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bringing fresh produce to those that would not otherwise be able enjoy these items. GREAT CONCEPT.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed going to the veggie mobile, it was the best part. Logan was a very nice and helpful.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

StarkFresh has such a positive presence in the community.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the veggie mobile it is great to be able to go and get fruit and veggies and know their from local farmers

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mobile market brings a smile to everyone's face that uses it!

2 Ann M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I do not live in the area served by Stark Fresh I really believe in the mission of bringing fresh food to urban food deserts and teaching homeowners how to garden and produce fresh veggies for their families much as I do in my own raised beds. To help with the goals of Stark Fresh a group of fiber artists who raise fiber animals save wool . llama and alpaca fiber that is not up to standard for fiber processing and I take it to the Stark Fresh greenhouse location to be recycled as bedding mulch and erosion control for new gardens.