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Getting Creative With Food Assistance

Homer Kinder volunteers at the meat counter at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. That day, they had local venison. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

On today’s show, we look back to a couple of stories on creative strategies for providing food assistance.

We follow Farm to Family Fund volunteers as they gather up fresh, local, produce from a winter farmers’ market, and deliver the goods to organizations providing food assistance.

Farm to Family Fund (FFF) is one program of Healthful Food For All Fund. They operate under the umbrella of the Center for Sustainable Living, and the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market.  Farm to Family pays participating farmers at the Winter Farmers’ Market half price for food they have left over at the end of the market each Saturday. Then they deliver the produce (and sometimes eggs, and sometimes meat) to The Rise!, Community Kitchen of Monroe County, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Teresa Birtles of Heartland Family Farm notes that it’s a win-win situation, honoring both the farmer and the people who need the food.

Earth Eats tags along on a snowy Saturday in February and talks with founders Janice Lilly and Deborah Piston-Hatlen about the process.

And we visit a food pantry on a day when venison’s available at the meat counter.

Harvest Public Media has a story about trade tariffs and farming, and Jackie Bea Howard shares a recipe featuring winter squash and Brussels sprouts.


The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Jackie Bea’s Brussels Sprout Slaw

Serve this slaw warm or cool, and consider making extra to enjoy throughout the week.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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