2016 World PEAS Food Access Partners
Discounted SNAP CSA in Partnership with Department of Transitional Assistance (Lowell, MA): The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has partnered with World PEAS since 2014 to offer monthly deductions from customer SNAP cards for discounted World PEAS CSA purchases. If you are interested in participating please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-654-6745.
Community Teamwork, Inc. Child and Family Services (Lowell, MA): CTI, through its Child and Family Services Program (CFS) offers Head Start/Early Head Start programming. Eligibility requirements range from economic hardship of the family to developmental disabilities of children. In 2016, World PEAS provided $5,000 worth of produce, which helps furnish nutritional meals for 270 – 300 low-income CFS school age and day care youth daily in the summer months. Of that cost, $2,500 worth of produce is subsidized by World PEAS. New in 2016, CTI received a pilot fall share for eight weeks starting in September. The share was used in a classroom to introduce children to new vegetables, hopefully finding some new favorites!
CTI Women, Infant and Children’s Program (Lowell, MA): CTI Women, Infant and Children's (WIC) Program is a free nutrition program for Massachusetts families that provides a wide range of support to Lowell women and children. WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant, breastfeeding women, and children under age 5 healthy. WIC provides links to health and social service agencies, as well as food and nutrition services to low or moderate income people in critical stages of growth and development. In 2016, approximately $3,000 of produce was donated to WIC during the growing season from shares donated by World PEAS CSA customers.
Lahey Clinic Elder Services Programs (Burlington, Arlington, and Peabody, MA): Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a physician-led, nonprofit group practice providing compassionate care and superior patient outcomes. Through Lahey’s Community Benefits Initiative, World PEAS provides produce to the Burlington, Peabody, and Arlington Council on Aging Centers. By partnering with Lahey Clinic, World PEAS is able to provide over $40,000 of senior-specific produce for farmers markets at the three Council on Aging locations. Seniors walk away with fresh, healthy vegetables, free of charge.
Somerville/Cambridge Elder Services: Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is a private, non-profit organization providing essential services that promote the dignity and independence of older adults. Since 1972, SCES has served thousands of clients, the majority of whom are impoverished and in need of assistance with managing daily activities. SCES and World PEAS work together to provide a senior-specific CSA share distribution, free-of-charge, to 75 low-income seniors in the Somerville/Cambridge area totaling about $1,800.
Medford Farmers Market (Medford, MA): The Medford Farmers Market (MFF) strengthens Medford’s diverse community through access to fresh, local, healthy and sustainable food. In 2016, World PEAS provided produce MFF's “Produce in a SNAP” distribution, at which seniors at the Medford Council on Aging received $20 worth of produce for just $5 using their SNAP benefits. After picking up their produce, seniors can participate in a lively cooking demonstration and tasting. MFF and World PEAS provided about $5,000 worth of local fresh produce in 2016. About $1,250 of the cost is subsidized by the World PEAS Fair Share funding.
Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Lowell, MA): The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported 501C-3 non-profit organization that provides nutritious food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless and hungry. We are one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters and meal programs that in turn, serve individuals and families.
Cameron Senior Center (Westford, MA): The Cameron Senior Center is a focal point where older adults come together for services and activities that reflect their expertise and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and community. World PEAS Food Hub works in a partnership with Friends of the Cameron Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that funds activities at the center, to offer a free farmers' market to the seniors. In 2016, World PEAS Food Hub provided $9,975 worth of produce to the clients at the Arlington Council on Aging, free of charge to all participants.