NIFA-funded Community Food Projects (CFPs) are addressing food distribution issues in food-insecure communities by creating new local food hubs, including the Molokai Food Hub (MFH) on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. An estimated 80-90 percent of the food in Molokai grocery stores is imported via barge, and families bear the transportation costs through high food prices. In West Springfield, Massachusetts, the New Lands Farm Marketing Initiative connects new American farmers and low-income consumers to local, fresh, culturally-appropriate foods.
In the past three years, Lutheran Social Services has worked with 172 farmers, more than 100 being from Bhutanese, Burundi, Kenyan, and Vietnamese communities. During that time, participating micro-farmers have reached an average of 10,171 consumers per year, 58 percent of whom were low-income.
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