Join Us on Harvest Market Days!
HARVEST MARKET – After a year of planning with community partners, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank launched the Harvest Market in August of 2016. The Harvest Market currently serves six locations across the Food Bank’s four western counties, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams, with plans to add Sandusky and Ottawa counties in the fall of 2017. The mission of our “grocery store on wheels” is to increase access to healthy food choices with an emphasis on reaching those seeking hunger relief in the rural and urban communities of Northwest Ohio.
The Harvest Market truck is a unique program – it can accept SNAP, credit or debit cards for shelf-stable product purchases and it has Ohio grown produce available at no-cost. This summer, the Market will offer its own “Double Up” program, allowing SNAP recipients to double the value of their SNAP dollars when shopping for program eligible items like baking ingredients, canned vegetables or fruits, and boxed meals.
As a result of the “2014 Hunger Study,” done by Feeding America to assess the hunger needs of those living across the country and within our service area, the Food Bank discovered that 68 percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation or gas for a car at least once within that year. In addition, as indicated by Feeding America’s latest “Map the Meal Gap” study, 15.2 percent of Northwest Ohioans are food insecure, or are without reliable access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives. Despite the hard work of the volunteers and staff from our partner food pantries and emergency kitchens to meet the need of those seeking hunger relief in our communities, the Food Bank recognized the necessity to create a direct service to help fill in the meal gap. The Harvest Market is intended to meet hunger where it lives in the rural counties of Northwest Ohio.
Since hitting the road back in August of 2016, the Harvest Market has experienced a steady increase in shoppers and host sites as it travels throughout northwest Ohio. By fall of this year, the Harvest Market truck will be rolling through six of our 8-county service area. To find out more information about where the truck will be or to volunteer your time at the Harvest Market, call Linda Toney at 419-242-5000 x 215 or visit us at toledofoodbank.org/harvest-market