The Common Market in the News

UH College of Medicine, American Heart Association Team Up to Provide Free Food and Toiletries

University of Houston

Houston’s most vulnerable communities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Recognizing their added financial challenges, UH College of Medicine and American Heart Association (AHA) joined forces to deliver 100 boxes of fresh food and 100 boxes of toiletries to residents of Cuney Homes and Royal Palms Apartments. All the food was provided by The Common Market.

How Food Hubs and Co-Ops Are Overcoming the USDA Farm Box Program’s Flaws

Civil Eats

Despite a botched launch and execution, some small distributors are making big strides in supporting small farms and feeding hungry people. Leaders at The Common Market and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives noted that their operations were uniquely set up to execute this program because of existing infrastructure and prior experience with USDA grants.

Approved Contractors for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

United States Department of Agriculture

“This is a new, innovative approach to provide critical support to American farmers and families, and USDA moved as expeditiously as federal procurement rules allow to stand up the program and solicit offers,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The Common Market’s Mission-Driven Response to COVID-19 Nourishes Communities

National Farm to School Network

"It is organizations like The Common Market who are pushing the dialogue around what food justice and health equity means and how we all can emerge from this crisis with the evidence, tools, stories and relationships to push for lasting and transformational change in our food system."

Emergency relief campaign helps farmers and consumers

The Champion

"Assuring that people have access to nutritious, immune-boosting food is more important than ever. At the same time, those who provide the healthiest food possible must adapt to the changing landscape to stay afloat. Local farmers, food producers and farmers markets across metro Atlanta and Georgia must be able to plant, harvest and market their goods. In the current climate, this involves shifting to new models for selling and distributing their produce.”

The impact of COVID-19 on Texas farmers

KVUE

In conjunction with the nonprofit, Texas Center for Local Food, in Elgin, The Common Market Texas is delivering thousands of pounds of local produce safely packed in individual boxes. The nonprofit is selling the food boxes; consumers are receiving vegetables and fruit chosen by Central and South Texas farmers. What's inside the box changes every week. The money goes directly to family farms, many of which are hurting due to the coronavirus.

Food organizations team up for farmers relief campaign

WALBNews10

"Farmers, food producers and farmers markets across Georgia are motivated now more than ever to increase public access to nutritious, immune-boosting food, but they will need help to plant, harvest, and shift to new models for selling and distributing their produce."