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ABOUT THE FEAST?
The Autumn Harvest Feast isan evening full of dining, dancing, and celebrating with your favorite local farmers, artisans, chefs, and friends.
With over 20 of Athens' finest local chefs gathered together for one special evening, this event is one you don't want to miss. Chefs will be paired with farmers from the market to create an unforgettable local and seasonal meal.
Proceeds will support our outreach efforts to address food insecurity in Athens. This includes our Double SNAP Incentive Program, our Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) as well as outreach efforts related to them. Our SNAP doubling program makes it possible for the nutrition-assistance recipients to have access to local, sustainable, and wholesome food by doubling the value of SNAP dollars at the Athens Farmers Market. The FVRx program offers low income members of our community with diet-related illnesses innovative prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables at the market alongside integrated nutrition education and free medical screenings.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
The Autumn Harvest Feast was created as a way to raise money to support our SNAP Doubling Program at the Athens Farmers Market. For 8 years, this has been our largest project to increase food access in the Athens Community. Since we began the doubling program in 2010, we have doubled $352,420 to $704,840! We have one of the largest SNAP Doubling programs in the state as well as one of the largest financial burdens to support it. In 2017, we piloted the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in Athens and saw tremendous success! We had some of the highest retention rates in the state as well as successfully developed the curriculum to run the program in both English and Spanish.The market assumes a portion of the financial burden to run this program successfully. Additionally, we partnered with the UGA Office of Sustainability to hire an EBT outreach coordinator who helped to more effectively communicate our SNAP Doubling message to the members of our community who would benefit most from it.
WHO WILL BE THERE?
Over 20 of Athens’ best local chefs will pair with farmers from the market to prepare a local-centric family-style dinner; local breweries, mixologists and sommelier will be curating an unforgettable beverage list; Jen Hidinger-Kendrick, co-founder of Staplehouse and The Giving Kitchen will be our guest speaker; Ben Williams will be providing the music and 250 of our favorite Athens residents will be sharing an unforgettable meal together.