Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in your city: 

Donate

Donating your time and resources helps reduce barriers to nutritious food access.

  • Donate Extra Produce From Your Garden 
    • Ample Harvest links backyard gardeners to local food pantries. The gardeners can support access to fresh, healthy food in their communities by delivering to their local food pantries.
  • Learn from the resources at Food Day and consider organizing or joining an event in your community. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. 
  • Volunteer at a Farmers' Market to Help Community Members Make the Most of Their SNAP Benefits
    • Find a farmers market in your area that participates in a “double value” or a “double up food buck” program and lend a hand. While programs vary slightly, they all essentially enable SNAP participants to double their purchasing power when buying fresh produce at participating farmers markets.
  • Volunteer at a local food bank. Offer to find ways the organization could consistently source fresh, healthy food options (a common struggle for food banks). This could involve connecting with local farmers and food retailers to donate food or even starting a vegetable garden on-site. Visit Feeding America’s website to find your local food bank.

Plant

  • Start an Apartment Garden
  • Start a Backyard Garden
  • Start a Community Garden
    • Laura Berman of the American Community Gardening Association has written How does our Garden Grow? A Guide to Community Garden Success, a comprehensive guide to starting and running a community garden. You can download the 137 page book for free or find it at your local library. For a quicker read, check out UC Davis’ Community Garden Start Up Guide here.
  • Start an Urban Farm
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Forage for Food in Your Neighborhood
    • Falling Fruit
      • Falling Fruit is a non-profit mapping all of the public plants and trees available worldwide for foraging. Enter your address or ZIP code to see what is available in your neighborhood.

Locate 

  • Visit the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas to identify which areas near you are experiencing inadequate access to fresh, healthy food.
  • Glean Food in For Your Community
  • Find a Community Garden
    • American Community Gardening Association
      • Search community gardens to join near you on the American Community Gardening Association’s website.
  • Find Urban Farms, CSA, and Farmers Markets
    • USDA

Whole Foods Market Team Members 

  • Talk to your store team leader to learn about what product you are currently donating to food access programs. Explore if there is an opportunity to do more.
  • Plan a store team member potluck using donated food items and produce that is no longer available for sale. Include a presentation about food access and food justice issues in your community. Invite likeminded community partners to your event.
  • Consider engaging fellow team members and hosting a Walk-a-Mile event to raise funds and build awareness about food access in your local community.

*Some of these resources use the term “food desert” when referring to communities experiencing low access to healthy food. Whole Cities Foundation does not support the use of the term.

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