MFM nominated for 2012 Local Hero Award
Each year, Edible Portland recognizes Local Heroes that are outstanding supporters of our regional food community. The Montavilla Farmers Market is honored to be one of four finalists this year in the nonprofit category! Past winners include Oregon Food Bank and Growing Gardens. We feel privileged to be included in the company of these worthwhile organizations and the other 2012 nominees.
The Montavilla Farmers Market is rooted in the principles of equity and sustainability, and while still young and emerging, has launched a number of progressive, cutting-edge programs to further this cause. The following are some examples of programs which make our market special and worthy of recognition.
- Durable Dish Program — All ready-to-eat vendors are provided (for free) with reusable dishware to cut down on waste generated at the MFM. Market volunteers wash dishes throughout the day to keep vendors well stocked.
- Everybody Eats Program — Making local food accessible to a broader range of customers by matching the first $5 of SNAP (food stamps) purchases at the market each week.
- Senior Food Delivery Program Pilot — An off shoot of Everybody Eats, this program is a partnership between the MFM, Multnomah County’s Aging and Disabilities Division, and the Loaves and Fishes Belmont Center. Each week program volunteers go to the Belmont Center and sign up seniors—who otherwise couldn’t access the MFM—for either a $2.50 or $5.00 produce bag. The market then matches senior’s purchases. Program volunteers shop for each of these seniors and the food is delivered to the Belmont Center for pick up.
- Loaner Bag Program — MFM partners with local organizations to provide reusable bags to market shoppers for free!
We would be grateful if you would take a minute to visit the Edible Portland website and vote for us! Votes will be accepted until December 14.