The Food For All Program produces and recovers vegetables, herbs, and flowers for local relief organizations. In partnership with the Amherst Survival Center, Not Bread Alone, and UMass Student Farm, Stockbridge School of Agriculture students and faculty provide access to healthy food as well as opportunities to connect with nature and learn garden basics.
Started in 2014, the Food For All Program collaborates with the Amherst Survival Center, Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen in Amherst, and UMass Student Farm to produce and recover organically-grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the Amherst community at large. Based out of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, students & faculty work to provide community members access to healthy food as well as the opportunity to connect with nature and their food source. The program hosts educational workshops to engage our community and facilitate conversations about food justice and local food. Food For All offers a practicum at UMass for students interested in food sovereignty, service learning, and gaining hands-on farming experience.
Until 2018, the Food For All Program was production-based. We grew ¾ of an acre of vegetables, herbs, and flowers at the Agricultural Learning Center in Amherst to donate to Not Bread Alone, the Amherst Survival Center, and other local organizations. We also hosted educational events and workshops to engage with the campus community and facilitate conversations about food justice and local food. In 2018, Food For All combined efforts with the UMass Student Farm and became the Student Farm Food Access Initiative to recover and redistribute excess food already being grown at UMass and in the local community.
Check out the infographic below for a peek at some of the work we did in 2018! To learn more about our food access initiatives, visit our website!