Answering their call for community support, on Tuesday, local State Farm agents presented the Forsyth Farmer’s Market with a $7,500 grant to help them reach their $150,000 goal for the purchase of a new truck.
The organization was a Top 200 finalist for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program in 2021, but did not finish in the Top 40 to receive a $25,000 grant. However, the local State Farm agents wanted to do something to recognize the work the organization does to support the community and help move them toward their goal.
The funds are going to support Forsyth Farmers’ Market’s Capital Campaign to purchase a new truck for its Farm Truck 912 program. Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market that brings fresh, local produce to Savannah’s communities with a focus on low-income/low-food access neighborhoods.
The truck removes both the physical and financial barriers to fresh produce by physically bringing produce into those neighborhoods while selling the produce at half off to SNAP (formerly food stamps) participants.
The current truck is a 1999 Wonderbread truck that Forsyth Farmers’ Market retrofitted in 2013 to start the program. The current truck suffers many breakdowns and is becoming unreliable for the program’s growing needs. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market publicly launched a capital campaign on Jan. 8 to raise $150,000 to purchase a new truck to meet the demands of Chatham County’s communities.
With State Farm’s donation, Forsyth Farmers’ Market has raised almost $121,000 or 74% of it’s goal.
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The mission of the Forsyth Farmers' Market is to promote understanding and participation in a local food system that supports sustainable production and increases access to local products.
"On behalf of Forsyth Farmers’ Market, I want to express our sincere thanks to State Farm for this special investment for Savannah’s communities,” stated Capital Campaign Chair Louis Brody, “These funds bring us closer to bringing a new farm truck to serve Chatham County’s food insecure neighborhoods and make fresh, nutritious food accessible for all residents.”
“For 100 years, it’s been our mission to help people recover from the unexpected,” said State Farm Savannah Sales Leader Melissa Gordon.
“Being a Good Neighbor is at the heart of what we do and it means giving back to the community in ways that support meaningful change like helping provide healthy food for Chatham County’s insecure neighborhoods.”
This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: State Farm agents give grant money to Forsyth Farmer's Market