Food for Thought + Edendale Farm

Holly Stoufer
Spring 2022

I partnered with Food For Thought, a food bank started during the AIDS crisis serving people with chronic health conditions in Sonoma County, and Edendale Farm, a small farm and nursery on the Russian River. My main project was conducting interviews about FFT’s “Bags of Love” program, to find ways to improve the bags’ contents and collect impact assessment material for future grant applications. Between these two locations, I explored the way local fresh produce is distributed among local residents in holistic support of health. Food banks are often thought of as providing food security but not food sovereignty, and my experience has taught me that a food bank model emphasizing personal preference and customized nutrition is both viable and incredibly impactful.