We exist to connect those who have food with those who need it — creating links for the greater good of our community.
Representing local agriculture, food access, and social services organizations, the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC) aims to coordinate efforts to keep people fed, farmers growing, and small food businesses operating in the face of COVID-19. MAFRAC is raising $10M to mobilize schools, food hubs, food banks, commercial kitchens, taxi, and delivery fleets, and more to form a supply chain that will get nutrient-dense food to those who need it, whether at a community pick-up site or at home.
Local food systems feed communities — they drive economies, reflect diversity, provide nourishment, and employ countless people from farm workers to dishwashers. The small farms that form the backbone of local food systems are in a moment of extreme vulnerability, as many of the buyers they rely on (universities, K-12 schools, restaurants) shut their doors or trim their operations, with the growing season just around the corner. It is imperative that we invest in the local food system now, both to keep farms and food businesses a viable and stable source of food production, and to provide equitable food access to the most vulnerable in our communities.
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It is imperative we invest in the local food system now to keep farms and food businesses viable for the long- term, and to mitigate disruptions to labor and supply chains, which are increasingly vital as this pandemic quarantine continues across the Nation.