From Mother to Son, Local Food is Making an Impact! ūü•ē

Alexie became a proponent for locally grown fruits and vegetables after experiencing the difference in their quality, taste and freshness. When Community Harvest relaunched earlier this year as a food subscription service, she was among the very first customers to subscribe!

“I love that Community Harvest is focused on community and accessibility,” she said.¬†“Getting a variety of healthy foods that fit into my budget is super important to my family.”

Thanks to Alexie, her¬†4-year-old son¬†is equally excited about healthy food! At home, he loves to be¬†assigned a “job” in their kitchen or backyard garden and¬†is always eager¬†to see what new fresh food is included in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from No More Empty Pots. Last week, he¬†was especially excited about the green beans but carrots still remain his favorite veggie.

Alexie uses her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds to purchase her Community Harvest subscription. She is passionate about sharing her story to ensure other families know they too can afford high quality, fresh produce through programs like Community Harvest.

Subscription for both CSA boxes and prepared meals are available for purchase including through SNAP. Double Up Food Bucks even offers a dollar-for-dollar SNAP match for the CSAs, which Alexie says has allowed her to expand her food budget, effectively reducing the SNAP payment she owes in half!

JOIN OUR GROWING COMMUNITY

Purchase your own recurring subscription to Community Harvest and join the community of neighbors like Alexie passionate about local and seasonal foods! Individuals, families, companies and groups are all welcome to subscribe.

EQUAL FOOD ACCESS

Co-create access to healthy affordable food for all by¬†sponsoring subscriptions for neighbors through our “pay it forward” initiative called Mad Love.

NEED FOOD SUPPORT?

If financial support would help you and your household, our team will identify funding to healthy local food options including Community Harvest subscription at no cost to you.

Email communityharvest@nmepomaha.org with questions.

The Entrepreneurship Invitational supported by Wells Fargo is in its sixth year! The invitational is a great opportunity for food-focused entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their food business. The entrepreneurs are provided access to tools and mentorship by NMEP and the Wells Fargo Green Team to develop business plans in preparation for a pitch competition with successive rounds to compete to earn up to $2,500 in seed money.

Applications Due Wednesday, August 27 at 5pm

  1. Complete the No More Empty Pots Kitchen Application
  2. Record a 30 second business pitch video
  3. Create your business plan using the Wells Fargo Works Business Plan Tool
  4. Email your business plan + pitch video to invitational@nmepomaha.org

This month, we celebrate the graduates of the 12th cohort of the Culinary Certificate Program! During the eight weeks of the program, the students learned essential culinary skills then applied them while working side by side with volunteers and staff in meal production. We can’t wait to see what they do next on their culinary journeys.

Meet the Graduates of Cohort 12! (Left to Right)

  • Cyndi Trail
  • Jessica Cherry
  • Vers’i¬†White
  • Gale Wright

We are searching the community to fill 3 open positions on our team! No More Empty Pots is committed to valuing and supporting our employees who do the work every day of serving our community. Do you know someone that would thrive here?

Job Leads: Full-Time Openings Available

  • Startups & Skills Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Employee Experience Manager

Members of our Community Education team have been active with culinary and agriculture programming throughout the summer! Stay tuned for a full feature next month!

COVID-19 Resources

Find information on COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and timelines from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for facts about the vaccine.

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