Many years ago, I had the privilege of working with farmers to help them donate what was extra in their fields to put on the tables of hungry children and adults. One early morning as the sun was coming up, I told the farmer whose field we were to glean that day thank you for his amazing generosity. He said don’t thank me – I am not making enough money to take the tax credit I get for donating the produce! A light bulb went off in my head that day – understanding that one in 7 adults, and one in 3 children in our state do not get enough to eat every single day and yet the people growing the food may not earn enough to make a living either.
Fast forward 30 some years – I still get to work with and count among my dearest friends those who farm, bringing their passion, creativity, perseverance, hard work and humor to care for the land, raising the fresh and beautiful fruit and veggies for us to eat, and with those who work every day throughout Arizona and beyond to nourish families, together to create communities where each person can enjoy health and reach their potential beyond any expectation.
In 2017 a group of those folks came together to form Sun Produce Co-op – which has as a core mission working every day to support new and smaller-scale producers to grow their capacity and viability, while getting farm-fresh local foods to wholesale, retail, household, and customers like you around the state. The Co-op currently works in 7 of Arizona’s 15 counties, picking up food from more than 35 member and partner producers and distributors, then aggregating and delivering orders to over 75 customers each week. Right now, we are subsidizing every pick-up or delivery that is under $250 (almost 57% of our stops) to the tune of around $40 each time. That’s more than $13,000 in subsidies every month! We do this to keep costs down for the growers by transporting their products and so they can stay on the farm doing what they do best – which is to farm. And we do it to make access to the local farm fresh food easy and affordable for our customers. Before we must cut back support for our most vulnerable farmers and customers, we want to ask you for some help.
In this season of thankfulness and giving, I want to ask you to consider a contribution to the Co-op’s non-profit Foundation through a Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign on 11/29/22. Your donation will be tax deductible under the Foundation’s 501(c)(3)status. To match your donation, we have a commitment of $1,000 from our producers if we raise $5,000 on Giving Tuesday. The unique work of the Co-op and its growing success in nourishing health communities depends on each of us.
To make your tax-deductible donation – please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button at the top of this message!
We thank you in advance for your support and wish you and yours a most abundant and joyful holiday season!
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Sun Produce Cooperative (SPC) is a multi-stakeholder agricultural and marketing organization that includes agricultural producers, distributors, buyers and market specialists.
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