Partnership Brings Local Foods to Meals

Market Square, Local Foods (MSLF) – a collaboration of the Aging, Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Farmshed, Stevens Point Area Public School District and several local farmers – is bringing locally grown produce to the plates of ADRC’s clients. ADRC Nutrition Program meal sites now serve locally grown vegetables, beginning the week of December 4. A “local food” logo will be used on meal site menus to indicate foods produced by area farms. “Using local foods supports farmers, improves the nutrient content of the food, and saves resources,” said Farmshed Executive Director, Layne Cozzolino.

On December 6, during the kickoff week of Market Square, Local Foods, Representative Katrina Shankland (D), delivered meals to recipients on one of the ADRC Home-Delivered Meals routes. The Nutrition Program operates six senior dining sites and delivers meals throughout Portage County. Call 715-346- 1401 for more information about meals
and/or to make a donation. Since it first formed ten years ago, Farmshed has provided support and information to farmers and consumers regarding the benefits of healthy local food systems. Donations to Farmshed can be made at their website,, or at their office at 1220 Briggs Court in Stevens Point.

2017 Accomplishment Stats of Central Rivers Farmshed
- 54 days spent at the area farmers markets (Thursdays in Rapids, Saturdays in Point (summer and winter)
- $5,929 in FoodShare tokens distributed to customers
- 36 farmers benefitted the EBT/Foodshare program at the Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids Farmers Markets
- 12 special events held (chef demos, kid’s activities, CSA fair)
- 13,685 pounds, 80 quarts, and 52 pints of product purchased through the Local Food Buying Club
- $28,239.28 in purchases contracted with ten participating farms
- 35 members purchased through the club
- 6000 Frozen Assets products made
- 74 Frozen Asset shares sold
- One partnership developed with the Aging and Disability Resource Center’s meal program
- 45 members of the Growing Collective worked together in the greenhouse with 5,252 plants grown and sold, resulting in $15,365 raised for Farmshed
- Six businesses benefited from the resources at our community food center
- Two food businesses rent the Community Kitchen in addition to Farmshed’s Frozen Assets; Hand Packed Harvest
- Four farms used the Greenhouse to raise vegetable starts
- 400+ volunteer engaged in our work, over ten programs, between Januaryand August.
- 3,608 hours contributed
- 16 interns from UWSP

Photo caption:
Representative Katrina Shankland helps serve meals at the Jensen Center in Amherst, to promote the partnership between Farmshed, the ADRC, the Stevens Point Area Public School District, and several local farmers to serve local food in their meals. The Jensen Center is one of six ADRC Senior Dining meal sites in the area.

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