Nonprofit organization launches ‘Fair Food Pricing’ program

AdkAction is looking for people to enroll in a program designed to help subsidize the cost of locally produced food in the North Country.

People who enroll in the Fair Food Pricing program will receive 30% off at participating vendors. In times of personal or collective crisis, the discount can temporarily be increased to 90% to provide even more support to households in need.

Eligibility for the program is based on United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) guidelines for income and household size. For example, a two-adult household with two children in childcare, earning an annual income of $78,000 — or a single senior earning $30,400 — is eligible to join the program.

Despite the many benefits of eating local food, there is one major drawback: it can be prohibitively expensive to purchase. Fair Food Pricing brings the price in line with what one might pay at the grocery store, while ensuring farmers earn enough to continue their livelihoods.

From the start of the program, participants have been able to use their Fair Food Pricing discount at the Hub on the Hill’s farm store in Essex, or by ordering goods from the Hub’s website for home delivery. This summer, both the Saranac Lake Farmers Market and the Lake Placid Farmers Market also began accepting Fair Food Pricing for all vendors. Tangleroot Farm in Essex and White Rainbow Farm in Peru partnered with AdkAction to make a number of farm share subscription boxes available to Fair Food Pricing participants. The Keeseville Pharmacy and Cornerstone Drug in Rouses Point — both of which have storefront ‘Farmacy’ farm stores — will begin accepting Fair Food Pricing in the coming weeks.

The Fair Food Pricing program is funded by grants from New York State Health Foundation, Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation, with additional support from many individual donors.

To learn more about Fair Food Pricing, or to enroll in the program by completing a short application, visit www.adkaction.org/ffp.


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