Charlotte Metropolitan Area
Responds to COVID-19
food is paramount Charlotte Metropolitan Area
Responds to COVID-19
Charlotte Metropolitan Area
Responds to COVID-19
we need a strong system to keep food
moving from farmers to your table
Charlotte Metropolitan Area
Responds to COVID-19

COVID-19 Food Strategy

COVID-19 Food Strategy

SAVE YOUR LOCAL FARMS, AND YOUR FOOD...

COVID-19 Food Strategy
Each of us is facing a challenging time with COVID-19. What this means for each of us is different. But one major concern for all is COVID-19 has created very serious challenges for our local food economy and we need to help. We are all feeling powerless as new challenges are presented daily, we as a community can control this effort and make it happen. COVID-19 Food Strategy

Carolina Farm Trust’s mission is to support our local food system and that means making sure you can get food from your local farmers. COVID-19 changes things daily, we have a delicate food system, we need a strong system to keep food moving from farmers to your table. Carolina Farm Trusts COVID-19 Farm and Food Rescue Plan will create a strong system.

CREATING A STRONG SYSTEM

WHAT THIS PLAN WILL DO?

• Support existing on ground efforts

• Meet farmers short term needs

• Commit immediately to increasing production

• Bring cash flow to restaurants, caterers and food trucks

• Keep distribution as safe as possible

We are asking for your help in supporting our local food system. Make a donation today to the Charlotte Region COVID-19 Farm and Food Rescue Plan.

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Donate today and our donation manager will wave the processing fee.

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS.

HOW WE WILL TAKE ACTION

Charlotte Region COVID-19 Action Outline

To address the impending break in our food supply chain, Carolina Farm Trust is seeking to raise an initial investment of $3,000,000.00 to implement an immediate action plan that reengages a local food supply with regional farmers. With crossing the $250,000.00 mark, we will begin to implement our strategy outlined below/above, as we continue to fundraise for the broader initiative.

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Farming Community

Buy CSA’s from regional farms and then distribute accordingly to:

◦ Identified individual families – EBT/SNAP Holders
◦ Food Trucks/Restaurants who make meals for Students displaced by school closings
◦ It will take a few weeks before the first CSA’s are ready for distribution

• Coordinate any compost/ mulch that is needed and deliver it to farms
Coordinate who needs equipment to speed up the planting process
• Reach out to Ingersoll Rand/Trane Technologies to coordinate refrigerated trucks from a Thermo King or rent them to secure them before they are all out of stock: These will be positioned around the region for storage and on farms to make the shelf life longer throughout summer months
• Work with livestock farmers to increase production and coordinate with commodity farmers to make sure livestock farmers have feed.
• Reach out to all local processing plants to understand impact and what we can do to keep them operating. Coordinating logistics to offer support to get livestock to processing facilities and then back to the farm for sale.
• Coordinate logistics with farmers markets to meet their customers needs if markets are temporarily closed or not well attended out of fear.
• Coordinate with all Farmers with bees and address and needs there for honey production
• Coordinate with Mills around the region and look to commodity farmers who can support an increase in production of flour etc
• Coordinate with all local Dairy farms to understand needs of local pasteurization and how to build a direct market.
• Coordinate with private and public landowners to identify potential land to build more Urban Farms in the middle of communities.

CSA's

Quantity
500

Price Estimate
$450.00

Total
$225,000

Produce (lbs)

Quantity
250,000

Price Estimate
$3.00

Total
$750,000

Meat (lbs)

Quantity
100,000

Price Estimate
$6.50

Total
$650,000

Eggs

Quantity
12,000

Price Estimate
$4.00

Total
$48,000

Short-Term Equipment Rental

To Speed Up Infrastructure Builds

Total
$100,000

Cash Flow Assitance

For Farmers

Total
$50,000

Funds

To Increase Production

Total
$700,000

Packaging/ Boxes

For Farmers

Total
$10,000

Distribution

• Plan out logistically how to home deliver and deliver to institutions (nursing homes, shelters, etc)
• Secure trucks for deliveries
• Set up community areas for pick up to limit population interaction

Refrigerated Trucks

Rental

Quantity
10

Price Estimate
$18,000.00

Total
$180,000

Delivery Trucks

Rental

Quantity
20

Price Estimate
$10,500.00

Total
$210,000

Delivery Drivers

($15/Hour, 40 Hours per week, 12 week period)

Quantity
20

Price Estimate
$7,200.00

Total
$144,000

Local Restaurant Community & Food trucks

• Identify food trucks that can be stationed around the county to serve different communities. Those that can pay, pay with pay it forward options, but no one will be turned away. Areas with low access to food and/or the inability to cook for themselves will be a priority.
• Identify restaurants to the same as above with carry out
• Identify caterers to make bone broth/ soups, canning, value added products- peanut butter, jelly, etc. – to have longer shelf life items
• Coordinate internally how to keep the food supply chain to meet demand

Cash Flow Assistance

Total
$25,000

No Turn Away Policy

Total
$30,000

Packaging

Total
$5,000

Non Profits

Understand the needs and gaps of our Non Profit Partners
• Get real food with nutrition into all pantries
• Fund a substantial budget for matching dollars with EBT/ SNAP

EBT Match

For Double Up Bucks Program

 

Total
$20,000

Support Staff

($15/Hour, 40 Hours per week, 12 week period)

Additional Non Profit Partners that need help

Quantity
10

Price Estimate
$7,200.00

Total
$72,000

CFT Staff & Admin

Zack Wyatt

($4k/month, 3 month period)

Total
$12,000

Co-lead

(Confirmed Hire once funds available) ($4K/month)

Total
$12,000

TBD Staff

($15/Hour, 40 Hours per week, 12 week period)

Quantity
3

Price Estimate
$7,200.00

Total
$21,600

CFT Admin

Total
$15,000

Urban Farm at Aldersgate

Total
$50,000

PARTNERS

 

Our area of focus will be the Charlotte Metropolitan area defined by the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

Carolina Farm Trust will coordinate and work with the following partners on execution. A transparent accounting system will be used to account for all funds. All funds will be used to execute above and all appropriate existing on the ground community efforts will be utilized before new initiatives are created.

 

Official Supporting Partners:

 

Organizations we intend to support

Partner Support

Please note that the WBNC Board of Directors fully supports Carolina Farm Trust’s Covid-19 Action Plan. We know that in the coming weeks and months the economic impacts associated with this pandemic (e.g. job loss, health access, food access, and housing stability) will have major implications on communities of color (particularly like the West Boulevard Corridor) both from a racial equity perspective as well as and economic equity perspective. 

 

Rickey Hall
Board Chair
704-461-2464

ACTION PLAN

The COVID-19 Farm and Food recovery strategy will address the concerns of our residents, while simultaneously easing supply chain connectivity that our farming community depends on for survival. With your support, farmers will begin to reconnect with the local food supply chain, as that our  community begins to understand the challenges ahead and the immediate steps that need to be taken.

We realize the significant amount this strategy is aiming to raise. This is a long term-plan developed with the local farm network. When fully operational, more funds will be needed. But at Carolina Farm Trust we must first earn your faith and confidence as a community. Our strategy will get us there together. While there are many unknowns at this point, we do know this: having a thriving local food system and economy will stabilize our food chain and begin to lay a long ago eroded foundation of food security. Local food is paramount.

In order to have a coordinated effort in the region, initial support will be key. This plan will leverage current connections to hire preliminary staff, with priority to those who have recently been laid off to begin outreach and coordination efforts. (staff will be paid /$15/hour)

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YOUR DONATED FUNDS

WILL BE USED FOR:
To get additional staff, if needed to all on ground organizations
Financial support to buy product from farms
Financial support to restaurant owners, food trucks and local vendors if cash flow is an issue buying product
◦ Financial support to restaurants, chefs, food trucks and local vendors for a no turn away policy. Pay encouraged, Pay it forward encouraged.
◦ Equipment needed for farms to use as necessary
◦ A heavy amount will be used to increase production
◦ Farm labor if farms are running into cash flow issues
◦ EBT matching
◦ Distribution to keep supply chains running to all partners
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BY DOING SO WE ARE PUTTING MONEY DIRECTLY INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

Immediate goal is to prop up our regional food system and the supply chain to feed our region.

Long Term goal is to use this opportunity to build the infrastructure of a vibrant diversified local food economy/system that supports our citizens. A transparent accounting system will be used to account for all funds. All funds will be used to execute above and all appropriate existing on the ground community efforts will be utilized before new initiatives are created.

OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT US

All Farm Inbound Requests

 

All Non Profit Inbound Requests

 

All Food Truck/ Chef/ Restaurant Inbound Requests

 

Any Individual/Group Inbound Request 

 

COVID-19 Food Strategy