FairShare’s Partner Shares program is featured among affordable local food options in the Spring Issue of Edible Madison in the article, “The New Face of Hunger: Bridging the Food Insecurity Gap.”
“Partner Shares was founded early on in FairShare’s existence,” says FairShare Executive Director Erika Jones. “The idea of making local food fair and accessible for all, no matter their finances, is a core principle.”
The Partner Shares program is funded through private donations, grants and fundraisers held throughout the year, and it is able to raise enough each year to partner with approximately 180 households, equating to more than 600 people, each season. For eligible households, FairShare will contribute 50 percent, up to $300, toward the cost of shares from FairShare-endorsed CSA farms. Partner Shares participants work with FairShare to complete an affordable payment plan for the remaining cost of their share. Since 2010, FairShare has also been able to use EBT for processing FoodShare benefits to pay for the cost of shares.
FairShare prides itself on being one of the options in the Madison area to bridge the gap between access to fresh, healthy and affordable food for all. “Our favorite comments we hear a lot are those from Partner Shares participants who didn’t think they could afford fresh, organic produce,” said Jones. “Through the Partner Shares program they are now realizing their ability to eat healthy on a limited budget.”
Pictured: Bethel Lutheran Church food pantry patron Jasmine Berendsen and her family.