Caring for people in need builds community and brings out the best in all of us. How do we care for those who cannot care for themselves? How do we make sure that no one gets left behind as the price of heating fuel climbs? As we re-envision our town to be more sustainable and resilient, we must pay careful attention to ensuring that everyone has a quality of life.
What does helping the needy have to do with sustainability and resiliency?
Sustainability and resiliency ensures a quality of life for everyone, not just the able-bodied, the informed, the healthy, or the people who can afford it. When we all have our basic needs fulfilled, we can all put our energy into being productive citizens.
How can we make sure that locally grown food gets to people of need? Locally grown food is often more expensive.
The Ashland Farmers Market is one of the few farmers markets in Massachusetts that accepts SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program -formerly known as Food Stamps). The AFM matches the SNAP money up to $10 with funds raised through their Seed Supporters. Often, AFM farmers donate food to the Ashland Food Pantry, providing fresh, nutritious, local food
As we work toward localizing food sources, ensuring people of all economic backgrounds have access to the food we grow must be a part of the planning.