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Review for Adopt-A-Family Local Foods Connection, Iowa City, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Former Volunteer & I helped take families receiving CSA shares out to the farms which grew the produce for those shares.