Poolesville Farmers become CFR’s First Certified Food Donors

From the Earth Foods LLC,  a farm in Montgomery County, is the first CFR food business to become certified by Food Recovery Certified. Farmer Courtney Buchholtz will proudly display the eye-catching sticker that lets her customers know about the fantastic work she’s doing to fight food waste and feed people.

Farmer Courtney donates 50 lbs. of fresh cabbage and peppers.
Farmer Courtney donates 50 lbs. of fresh cabbage and peppers.

Courtney never knew about the Western Upper Montgomery County (WUMCO)-Help, a food assistance organization just down the road from her in Poolesville, until they met through Community Food Rescue’s matching web tool. As soon as she signed up and posted 50 lbs. of Napa Cabbage, green cabbage, and green peppers via the CFR web application, the donation was auto-matched with WUMCO-Help. Catherine Beliveau, the non-profit’s Executive Director was thrilled. She said, “Our clients love receiving fresh produce, which is especially hard to get because there are no grocery stores in most of our service area. Our organization can now accept fresh produce donations because we recently got a refrigerator to store produce.”

Volunteer food runner Tammi delivers fresh produce to WUMCO-Help.
Volunteer food runner Tammi delivers fresh produce to WUMCO-Help.

The donation was delivered by Tammi, a CFR volunteer food runner. Since the farm is so close to WUMCO Help, farmer Courtney now drops surplus produce to WUMCO directly, while continuing to post food runs using the CFR web app so that her donations can be included in CFR’s countywide aggregated totals.

Our clients love receiving fresh produce, which is especially hard to get because there are no grocery stores in most of our service area. –Catherine Beliveau, ED of WUMCO-Help.

Food Recovery Certified is accredited by CFR partner, Food Recovery Network (FRN), which rewards businesses that have a food recovery program in place. Their goal is to make food recovery the new norm. Camila Pascul, FRN co-founder explains how certification helps businesses. “If we’re going to change society’s mindset from food waste to food recovery, everyone has a role to play. Food Recovery Certification is our seal of approval. Businesses can proudly display our eye-catching sticker signifying their commitment to food recovery.”

Businesses can proudly display this eye-catching sticker signifying their commitment to food recovery.
Businesses can proudly display this eye-catching sticker signifying their commitment to food recovery.

In December, farmer Amanda Cather, owner of Plow and Stars Farm , became the second CFR business to become certified. Her generous vegetable donations have been enjoyed by Shepherd’s Table  and Interfaith Works-Community Vision clients.

Thanks to CFR’s Montgomery County funding, the first 15 businesses that are certified will receive free certification for a year, a $100 value. Businesses can apply for certification through the Food Recovery Certified website.

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