The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly impact everyone in our region, and particularly farms, local food, restaurants, and small businesses. Connecting with local food is, for many of us, more important now than ever. Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) is committed to keeping and strengthening these connections, while adhering to public health directives and incorporating operational modifications as needed to protect the citizens we serve, our members, our partners, and our staff.
We want to help the community navigate this rapidly changing environment and connect folks to resources. We'll post updates here and on social media channels.
Call 211 for the most up-to-date access to food and other support services
How to Access & Support Local Food
Join a CSA. As a CSA member, you pay upfront to receive a weekly box of local produce, or other farm products and provide much-needed financial support to farmers at a time when other market outlets may be limited. Search the site to locate a CSA near you:
Local Harvest- search CSA's by city or zip code
Visit a farm stand. Many farms have a roadside stand or farm store. Some of these may have options for pre-order and pickup or self-service. Use these links to find farm stands by region: (contact farms to confirm hours of operation)
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association- On farm pickups & more!
NC Choices launched their website, Meatsuite, to help customers connect with locally produced high quality meats in bulk.
Find operating farmers markets and farms making deliveries or offering alternate pickup locations. Groups are working to collect information on which farms and local food vendors are currently offering alternatives to farmers markets. The information in these document will be updated as regularly as possible.
Authentically Alamance Farmer and Producer Contact Information- vendors and products
Farms with local pick-up: click here for the current list
Cobblestone Farmers Market continues with Saturday Markets (8:30a-12p) and will pilot a special weekday Pre-Order Pick-up Only option on Wednesdays from 4-6p beginning April 1st. See website for details.
Corner Market GSO- Advance ordering Program
Greensboro Farmers Curb Market- Local food and vendor locator
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market- the market will remain open and operate under normal business hours. The market will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Greater High Point Food Alliance- Food finder app
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has created a farmers market advocacy toolkit to support you in advocating for farmers markets to remain open during emergency orders related to COVID-19.
National Restaurant Association has compiled this helpful resource for information, questions and actionable information, including a campaign to support the restaurant industry.
ServSafe is also offering free online courses, trainings, and resources for restaurant and food service workers.
Assistance for Farmers & Small Business
The Small Business Administration has low-interest loans available for small businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Small business owners in North Carolina are currently eligible to apply.
RAFI-USA will be distributing emergency mini-grants of $500 to farmers who are drastically impacted by market sales disruptions caused by COVID-19. Funding is currently limited to farmers located in North Carolina.
Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors approved $15 million in funding to launch the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program, managed by the NC Rural Center. The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.
American Farmland Trust's Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
School Meals Updates
Be sure to check the websites and social media accounts of your area school district for the most accurate and up-to-date information.