At Neighbours United we believe everyone deserves to have access to fresh, healthy, and local food. That is why we are delighted to announce the return of Farms to Friends in spring 2024, where with your help, we will continue to cultivate healthier communities! 

Since 2020 Farms to Friends has helped provide a sense of relief for those who are experiencing barriers to accessing healthy food due to the rising cost of living. This program has also supported many local farms and food producers over the years directly investing over $240,000 back into the local economy and helping strengthen our local food systems. Every dollar invested in Farms to Friends goes right back into our communities. Bent Plow Farm in Blewett says, The Farms to Friends program has been a great collaboration; it has helped us get more of our veggies out to families we might not normally reach and we think everyone deserves fresh, local produce!” 

Last year Farms to Friends also supported some of your other favourite farms like Clutch Farm in Salmo, Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms in Kaslo, and Kootenay Natural Meats in Creston. 

In 2023 Farms to Friends gave support to 260 people in 90 households across 10 communities including…

  • 41 people with physical disabilities
  • 67 people with mental health issues 
  • 10 people suffering with addictions issues
  • 128 Indigenous, Black and People of Colour
  • 39 single parent households
  • 17 senior households
  • 8 newcomers to the region supported
  • 120 children and youth supported 

The impact of this program is widely felt. Christi from Nelson says,Farms to Friends has provided my family with healthy foods that we could not have had access to (financially) otherwise. The cost of food has increased substantially over the last couple of years, but our already very limited budget has not. We really appreciate the nutrition this program has given us.”

With your help we can make fresh, wholesome food accessible to those who need it. Join us in building healthier, stronger communities by making a donation to Farms to Friends and make an impact in your neighbours lives today. All donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.