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Soup for Greens

Fundraiser planned for program that fights food insecurity in Beacon

Help us put fresh produce on the table for low-income families, make the market more affordable for all Beacon residents, and put more dollars into the pockets of our local farmers. The Soup for Greens Fundraiser will be held 10 am-2pm on Sunday, February 12 at the VFW, located at 413 Main Street in Beacon. (James Cohen, Flickr/Creative Commons)

BEACON, N.Y. — Join us Sunday, February 12 at the Beacon Farmers’ Market, for a fundraiser supporting Greens for Greens, a Beacon program that ensures people struggling with food insecurity get access to quality local produce.

“We launched Greens for Greens at the Beacon Farmers’ Market in 2016 and customers were so thrilled,” said Sarah Simon, Manager of the Beacon Farmers’ Market. “Many kept coming back every week, and we ran out of funds after just over four months. With the help of this fundraiser, we hope to run the program all year.”

The Soup for Greens Fundraiser will feature a variety of soups (including vegetarian and vegan options). Each soup costs $10 in a disposable bowl or $25 in a handmade ceramic bowl. All proceeds go to the 2017 Greens for Greens program, which helps families on federal food aid double their spending on fresh fruits and vegetables at the Beacon Farmers’ Market and mobile markets.

“By doubling the amount of money residents can use at the farmers’ market and the mobile market, customers are doubling their opportunities to eat awesome local veggies and fruit. There are many families in Beacon who are struggling to put food on the table. This program helps to make sure it’s good, local food,” said Helanna Bratman, Coordinator of the Green Teens Community Garden Program, which runs the markets.

Help us put fresh produce on the table for low-income families, make the market more affordable for all Beacon residents, and put more dollars into the pockets of our local farmers. The Soup for Greens Fundraiser will be held 10 am-2pm on Sunday, February 12 at the VFW, located at 413 Main Street in Beacon.

The mission of the Beacon Farmers’ Market is to feed and engage the Beacon community, support local farms and businesses, and create a more just food system.

Green Teen Community Gardening Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County empowers urban youth to be effective community change-agents by immersing them in the local food system. This youth development program teaches life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Common Greens, a partnership between Common Ground Farm and Green Teen, is a mobile farmers market bringing reduced-price, fresh and local produce to low-income neighborhoods in Beacon throughout the summer.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

—Cornell Cooperative Extension

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