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 provide FFM with new opportunities and the ability to expand its operations to reach more food-insecure neighborhoods and citizens.
Over the years, the 912 Farm Truck has grown to have 12 stops in Savannah communities. In 2021, Farm Truck 912 purchased over $50,000 in produce and produce from local farmers, all of whom are vendors at the FFM Saturday Market. Additionally, Farm Truck 912 was able to provide $32,000 worth of local produce at half price to food-insecure neighborhoods around Savannah. Farm Truck 912 also provided more than 2,200 people with nutrition education including cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings.
Thanks to several donors, Forsyth Farmers’ Market is off to a good start and has currently raised $94,000 of the $150,000 goal for a new truck. Some 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 everyone in the community to join in supporting this effort to buy a new truck. You can donate in person at every Saturday Market or at any Farm Truck 912 stop, online or by mailing a check to:
In the memo, put the fundraising campaign
There will be two other ways for the public to participate in building the new truck.
One is a truck design contest. This community contest is open to the public. To participate in this competition, people must register before February 1st. Final design submissions will be due by March 1st. 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 contest, visit https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/designcontest
Forsyth Farmers’ Market is also holding 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 family name as well. This contest requires a $5 donation per name submission and the winner will receive $50 in market tokens. The competition is open until March 31 and will be subject to the committee’s vote. 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 provide. We are excited to have the community join us on this journey as well.
“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, Vice Chairman of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market Board of Directors and Chairman of the Fundraising Campaign. “A new truck allows us to be more reliable and more efficient.