January 11, 2022 – At the January 8 Farmers ‘Market in Forsyth Park, Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Inc (FFM), announced a fundraising campaign to raise $ 150,000 to purchase a new farm truck. The new truck, the centerpiece of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market Farm Truck 912 program, will be used to transport fresh local produce to food insecure neighborhoods in Chatham County.
The current truck is 24 years old and has become unreliable. Forsyth Farmers’ Market is working to raise $ 150,000 by July 2022. A new truck will open up new opportunities for FFM and expand operations to reach more food insecure neighborhoods and citizens.
Over the years, the Farm Truck 912 has grown to have 12 stops in communities across Savannah. In 2021, Farm Truck 912 purchased over $ 50,000 worth of produce and produce from local farmers, all of whom are vendors at the FFM Saturday Market. Additionally, Farm Truck 912 was able to deliver $ 32,000 worth of local produce at half the price to food insecure neighborhoods around Savannah. Farm Truck 912 also provided over 2,200 people with nutrition education that included cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings.
Thanks to several donors, Forsyth Farmers’ Market got off to a good start in the campaign and has currently raised $ 94,000 of the $ 150,000 goal for a new truck. Some of the early donors are the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, FFM board members and community activists.
Forsyth Farmers’ Market is asking all members of the community to join them in supporting this effort to buy a new truck. You can donate in person at each Saturday market or at any Farm Truck 912 stop, online or by sending a check to:
In the memo, put the fundraising campaign
There will be two more ways for the public to participate in the construction of the new truck.
One is a truck design competition. This community competition is open to the public. To participate in this contest, individuals must register by February 1. Final design submissions will be due by March 1. The FFM committee will vote on the best design and publicly announce the winner. The winner will receive $ 1,500. This contest is free. For more information on the competition, visit https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/designcontest
Forsyth Farmers’ Market is also having a community competition to determine the name of the new truck. The current truck is called Juicy and Forsyth Farmers’ Market would like the new truck to have a fun and unique name for the family as well. This contest requires a donation of $ 5 per name submitted and the winner will receive $ 50 in Marketplace Tokens. The competition is open until March 31 and will be voted on by the committee. For more information on the naming contest or to submit a name, visit https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/namecontest
Forsyth Farmers ‘Market Executive Director Jeb Bush said: “Forsyth Farmers’ Market is delighted to receive the new truck and all the future opportunities it will offer. We are delighted that the community is also joining us on this journey. “
“The 912 Farm Truck has proven over the past seven years to be an effective way to address food insecurity in our community,” added Louis Brody, Forsyth Farmers’ Market Board Vice Chairman and Chairman. of the fundraising campaign. “A new truck will allow us to be more reliable and efficient.