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Donation Stations

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The Donation Station is a collaboration between N.C. Cooperative Extension and
Farmer Foodshare. The program seeks to improve access to fresh, locally-grown food while supporting the farmers who grow it. The Donation Station program is designed to combat local food insecurity while raising awareness that a healthy local food system must include every member of the community.

Donation Stations use a simple farmers market-based approach where volunteers
collect food and monetary donations from farmers market shoppers, buy directly
from farmers at the farmers market, and donate the resulting food to a local hunger
relief agency. These Donation Stations can now be found at farmers markets across
North Carolina. This incredibly successful effort has allowed fresh food to flow locally and has fostered strong community engagement.

Currently, there are Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) involved in Donation Stations in Brunswick and Alamance Counties. The program will be expanding to eight other counties in 2022.

Available Resources:

If you have questions regarding Donation Stations, please contact EMFV Program Assistant, Morgan Marshall, at morgan_mcknight@ncsu.edu.