SOME's Bedford Falls Farmers Market

 

Residents living in SOME’s affordable housing are now getting the opportunity Saturdays to wake up to fresh fruit and essential foods.

Bedford Falls is one of SOME's single adult housing units.

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The SOME farmers market provides healthy food to residents in our affordable housing who don’t have easy access to a grocery store. Residents are encouraged to offer up to $5 in donations if they can to offset the farmer’s market cost. With the help of donations from Capital One foodbank, twenty-five farmer's markets have been organized at various SOME programs in the last year and a half. Everybody who participates is provided healthy produce, dairy, and staple food items regardless of whether or not they can contribute.


About Hunger in the District

Washington, DC, has about 700,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 17.4% of the DC population is below the federal poverty level, which is now $21,330 for a three-person household (American FactFinder 2018). 

a.      8.5% are below 50% of the poverty level

b.      19.3% are below 125% of the poverty level

About 28% of African-American residents, 13% of residents of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 36% of persons with a disability are at 100% of the poverty level.

 

With such a high percentage of DC in poverty, this does not bode well for families. Many children find themselves in situations where they are experiencing food hardships. The farmer's market's mission is to alleviate these shocking statistics. 


Of the 49 full-service grocery stores in DC, very few of them are accessible to low-income residents in the Anacostia River area. There are three stores east of the Anacostia River in wards 7 and 8 which serve about 150,000 residents. In contrast, there are 10 full-service grocery stores in ward 6 that serve over 82,000 residents. 

 

SOME also addresses hunger in DC by providing nutrition education resources to its residents designed by full-time wellness teams and serving over 1,200 meals a day in our dining room to make sure that the community and resident’s hunger needs are met. 

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Of the 49 full-service grocery stores in DC, very few of them are accessible to low-income residents in the Anacostia River area. There are three stores east of the Anacostia River in wards 7 and 8 which serve about 150,000 residents. In contrast, there are 10 full-service grocery stores in ward 6 that serve over 82,000 residents. 

 

SOME also addresses hunger in DC by providing nutrition education resources to its residents designed by full-time wellness teams and serving over 1,200 meals a day in our dining room to make sure that the community and resident’s hunger needs are met.