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.
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.