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Community Hunger Solutions (“CHS”)  is a food distribution project
providing solutions to hunger in America

MISSION:
CHS is dedicated to increasing access to healthy food by
providing food pantries with surplus fresh produce from local farms.

The Immense Challenge:

  • Each year an estimated $3 billion dollars of quality produce is abandoned in U.S. farm fields

    As much as 50% of every crop grown never reaches someone’s plate

  • One in every five Americans is considered to be food insecure

    46 Million Americans receive food assistance and are trying to feed themselves on $4 a day

The CHS Response:

  • Procure surplus fresh produce from local farms by:

    Buying Farmer’s “seconds”
    Receiving retail/wholesale donations
    Harvesting farm leftovers

  • Distribute fresh produce to local food pantries & regional food banks

    In 2014, CHS provided 137,000 healthy meals for less than $.60 per meal; in 2015 CHS provided 204,404 meals for $.36 per meal; in 2016, CHS provided 292,144 meals for $.26 per meal.


THE COMPONENTS

CHS’s (Replicable) Model for Addressing Waste & Hunger:

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1. THE AREA

Ours is a rich farming area located in the heart of “Driftless Region” of Southwest Wisconsin

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2. PARTNER FARMS

Farmers welcome a “seconds” market for the nearly 50% of their produce not meeting stringent retail specifications (though still containing 100% of the nutritional value)

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3. SOURCING PRODUCE

  • Seconds Market: Purchasing “seconds” produce (fresh food that would otherwise go to waste) from area growers
  • Picking Up Produce: Picking up excess fresh produce from retail and wholesale distributors
  • Harvesting & Volunteering: Harvesting leftover produce from local farms with volunteers and paid workers with varying abilities

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4. THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION HUB

CHS utilizes a centralized food hub from which to receive, process, store, and efficiently distribute over 350,000 lbs. of fresh produce to local Food Pantries & Food Banks.

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5. PARTNER FOOD PANTRIES & FOOD BANKS

CHS partners with local Food Pantries & Food Banks who serve 18 counties of Southwest Wisconsin — delivering fresh produce to over 70,000 people in need

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About Us:

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Who CHS Serves, Area Served & Benefits:

More about CHS’ activities and key information:

  • Who CHS serves & area served
  • Benefits from CHS’ services & possible future projects

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Partner Funders:

CHS works with local businesses, organizations & private donors who support our efforts…which help to provide solutions to hunger in our community

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How We’re Organized:

CHS operates this project under the umbrella of Vernon Economic Development Association, a local non-profit organization

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CHS Educational Resources:

CHS has created educational resources for food pantries: recipe cards & food tasting demos that encourage clients to take home, cook and enjoy fresh produce

 


How can you help to be part of the solution?
SUPPORT CHS’ EFFORTS—BECOME A DONOR:

Help CHS continue to work together with the local community—
providing healthy produce to those in need…

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