In 2016, a group of forward-thinkers from three Denver organizations came together from Denver Food Rescue, Denver Urban Gardens, and Groundwork Denver to pilot a new idea that would become Fresh Food Connect. They asked the question: "If gardeners had an easy avenue to participate in hunger relief efforts, would they?" The answer was resoundingly YES! Thus, Fresh Food Connect was created, giving gardeners easy access to donate their extra produce. This simple solution turned out to be incredibly powerful at increasing healthy food access for those that need it most.
About Fresh Food Connect
To grow a more local and resilient food system by connecting gardeners with their communities. Fresh Food Connect is a tech-based non-profit that engages gardeners to easily donate excess garden produce to hunger relief organizations in their own area. We are focused on engaging gardeners across the country in hunger relief efforts and encouraging more of us to grow beautiful, nutrient-dense foods. We believe the beauty of Fresh Food Connect is that it is really about connecting neighbor to neighbor with delicious, healthy, life-giving food. And by sharing our garden bounty and keeping local food local, we can minimize our carbon footprint. Did you know that 40% of food in the US is wasted? Decreasing food waste is one of the most influential things we can accomplish to slow climate change.
Using Technology to support hunger relief efforts
Fresh Food Connect licenses its technology to hunger relief organizations that use the mobile app to coordinate the aggregation of homegrown produce to be donated and used to create positive change in the local food system. Individual gardeners sign up on the Fresh Food Connect app to donate their backyard-grown produce that would perhaps otherwise go to waste. Fresh Food Connect conveniently helps solve "the zucchini problem" by directing surplus produce from the garden to the hunger relief center, either through a pick-up or drop-off model, depending on local operations.
Fresh Food Connect's Impact
Have you experienced that burst of flavor from a garden tomato picked fresh right from the garden? We are working to ensure this experience is available for all of those in our communities. Fresh Food Connect started as a pilot project in one zip code and has now spread across the country to 1,500+ zip codes. We work with 50+ local hunger relief organizations and continue to add new organizations monthly. So far in the 2021 growing season, we have redistributed over 17,000 pounds of produce! You can read more about our impact by viewing our most recent impact report linked here. The best part of our work is watching people's faces light up with smiles when they see a bounty of fresh, free produce available to them from gardeners in their community.
How You Can Get Involved with Fresh Food Connect
Let’s get growing! If you are a gardener, download the Fresh Food Connect app today! Let us know if your zip code isn’t activated and let’s find a partner together! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options in your community.
Interested in partnering with us to secure more produce to distribute in your area? Please start by filling out our interest form. We hope you will join the growing list of 50+ operator partners that we are working with to fight food insecurity.