Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture Wins $5,000 Green Festival Community Award!
Congratulations to the winner of the first Green Festival Community Award in Washington, D.C.! Thanks to the public’s online votes and our attendees’ votes, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture will receive a $5,000 grant from Green Festival to expand their efforts on provide fresh food to underserved communities in D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
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Arcadia’s Mobile Market is essentially a 28-foot, farm-stand-on-wheels with regularly scheduled stops in low-income, food-insecure communities to offer high quality, locally grown, sustainably-produced farm products at affordable prices. They accept all forms of payment, including food assistance benefits; doubling the purchasing power of food assistance benefits through a “Bonus Bucks” program; and providing educational resources for how to prepare the market’s offerings in nutritious, cost-effective, delicious, and easy ways.
“This $5,000 grant really means $10,000 of fresh, healthy, locally and sustainably grown food in Washington D.C.’s food desert,” said Pamela Hess, Executive Director of the Arcadia Center.
The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture was chosen from a total of five organizations named as finalists in the Green Festival Community Award. The finalists were selected by the Green FestivalCommunity Award judging committee, which included Susan Able, Publisher of Edible D.C., Laine Cidlowski, AICP Urban Sustainability Planner for Sustainable D.C. and Dr. Justine Love, Director of Community and Public Affairs at CBS Radio for Washington. Judges based their selections for finalists on the nonprofit organization’s creativity, measurable objectives, and its potential direct impact on the local community. The Community Award is also unique in that the winner was selected by public vote, conducted on-site during the festival and online by the general public.
The other local nonprofit finalists included: Capital Area Food Bank, whose mission is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area; Dreaming out Loud, founded in 2008 to alleviate educational and economic disparities in underserved urban areas through environmentally-focused health and wellness initiatives; MicroGreens, an organization that works to educate children and low-income families about how to make healthy choices based on a government-supplemented food budget; and the Washington Humane Society, the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870.
The four runners-up for the Green Festival Community Award will receive a booth at Green Festival D.C. 2015, where they can promote their organizations and raise awareness for the sustainability work they are doing in their local communities. Green Festival hopes to grow the Community Award program and invites other companies and businesses to join in supporting local communities to be green.