Did you know that are at least 12 documented food deserts in the Triangle area alone? A food desert is a low-income community where at least a third of residents have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. Countless other communities lack access to healthy food because of the prohibitive cost or because they lack the tools to prepare nutritious meals.
We are working to transform the landscape! We use market-based approaches to provide local, healthy food to people of all incomes and backgrounds. Plus, we empower people to make positive changes in diet and improve health by improving nutrition and cooking skills.
These are just a few ways donors can help support our mission:
- Sponsor a Cooking Matters Class: Your donation will be used to purchase food for in-class lessons and take-home food bags, supplies, and participant graduation gifts. You can even help with the shopping or attend class graduation!
- Donate Food or Supplies for Classes: We accept donations of fresh and non-perishable food items, cooking supplies and gardening tools. For a complete list visit our website and click “Donate.”
- Donate a given percent of daily proceeds: Some organizations prefer to donate a flat percentage of each purchase or total daily proceeds to CNP, or one of our programs, such as Veggie Van or Cooking Matters Classes.
- Make a monetary donation to be used in the area of greatest need: We accept cash, check or online credit card donations via our secure processing system.
- Donate silent auction items or prizes for an upcoming fundraising event: In April 2013 we will be hosting the Local Chef Challenge were chefs compete to see who can create the best dish with local Veggie Van produce.
Community Nutrition Partnership is a tax-exempt charitable organization [IRS status 501(c)3] meaning that any donations you make to CNP are fully tax-deductible!
Ready to get involved?
Click here to make a one-time or monthly online donation. Or you can download our Donor Information Form and send it in with your check.
Donor Information Forms and checks should be send to:
Community Nutrition Partnership
180 Providence Rd., Suite 4
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
What CNP does for communities in North Carolina:
Veggie Van travels directly to neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables to offer boxes of North Carolina-grown produce at reduced cost. Veggie Van not only makes purchasing more fruits and vegetables convenient and affordable, it also helps customers learn how to better use their produce with weekly cooking demonstrations, free recipes and other educational materials. We are excited to report that Veggie Van is making an impact! In a recent survey, Veggie Van customers in one affordable housing community reported that they increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables by two servings per day after participating in Veggie Van. Currently, we have two Veggie Van locations in Orange County. With your help we can expand to 8 new sites by the end of 2013.
Cooking Matters is a national program that teaches and empowers people to eat healthy through interactive nutrition and cooking classes. This year CNP ran Cooking Matters classes for Adults, Teens and Families in four low-income communities. With your help we can expand this program to more sites and include grocery store and farmers’ market tours and classes for pre-school children.
How we plan to expand our impact to other areas:
We are working with researchers at the University of North Carolina to develop and test a system for getting more local sustainable food into underserved communities. We are partnering with nonprofits and organizations in other areas of the state who will implement their own versions of Veggie Van. With your help we can expand the Veggie Van program across the state and eventually across the country.
How your tax-deductible contribution will help:
- $40 will pay for food for participants to prepare 2-3 healthy recipes in a Cooking Matters class
- $100 will pay for one Cooking Matters class including take-home food for 10-20 participants
- $250 will help subsidize the cost of Veggie Van boxes for 25 families
- $600 will pay for a complete Cooking Matters class series including food used for 6 classes and take-home food for 10-20 participants
- $1,000 will help us establish a Veggie Van program in a new community
Your donation will help us feed more families in need and bring fresh, local, affordable foods to more communities. Please join us in growing a healthier community.
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