Crop Caravan

What’s the problem?

Greensboro, NC has earned top ranks in national standings for rising poverty(#10), food insecurity (#3) and urban sprawl (#2). Taken together, they contribute to stubborn, systemic inequality. More alarmingly, despite the surpluses of veggies and food from generous farmers and businesses, there is no way to deliver this abundance quickly and directly to families and neighborhoods. 

Why care?

Poverty directly affects over 116,000. Families members spend a huge proportion of income on rent and transportation costs, with little left to buy except cheap, unhealthy food or none at all. As a responsible steward of the community Guilford College, must play an active role. 

What’s our solution?

Guilford College has the resources to provide a Crop Caravan with a regular workforce of scholarship students and volunteers throughout the year, including the summer. The van would regularly pick up, transport and distribute food to needy neighborhoods representing over 500 families. Properly outfitted, it would also be a portable farmstand, cooking, food prep and mobile food education and information center. 

Who is on our team?

Through the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning, we have a dedicated team of Hunger Fellows Scholars that form the team nucleus of scholars and volunteers. We have a strong network that includes a supplier (Guilford College Farm) and distribution points (ten community site locations at which we provide after school and other services). We have additional suppliers and donors that include the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. We have a long history of relationships with Servant Center, Pathways, CNNC, Guilford County Schools, and many refugee and immigrant communities. 

What do we need?

Through crowdfunding we've raised enough to launch the van. 
We need to partner with similar efforts like the DHHS food van to maximize our impact. 
• We need a dedicated team of problem-solvers.
We need knowledgeable organizers to arise who will ensure the continuation of the project — hunger and community needs do not end in May.

Van photos 

Other mobile approaches

Farmer Brown's Provisions: High-end local food, commercial enterprise

Farmer Brown: example of high-end commercial products

Mobile Oasis: United Way, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, NC 
Cooperative Extension, DHHS, GSO Parks and Recreation
Locations: Maple Street (DHHS) and Warnersville
Team qualifications
To gather food, team members should be ready to work with a variety of community organizers.

They should be able to research and build experience working with existing partners, sites and communities. These include: Ashton Woods, Oakwood Forest, Glen Haven, Church Under the Bridge, Community Kitchens Project, Campus Pantry, and Hunger Fellows.