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Leah T
44333 State Route 511
(Lorain County)
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Your support is bringing real veggies to real people

the project

City Fresh was created to support a just, equitable, and resilient local food system in Northeast Ohio by tunneling through systemic obstacles to bring fresh, high-quality, nutrient-dense local produce to low-access neighborhoods while paying farmers fair prices and connecting them to the communities they feed. City Fresh addresses environmental concerns by supporting our producers’ sustainable farming methods and helping them to maintain Ohio’s rich agricultural soils, a critical and irreplaceable resource, in the face of development pressure.

Inspired by the Civil Rights era roots of the American community-supported agriculture movement, City Fresh reconstructs the CSA model from the ground up and innovates for accessibility: instead of the risk of supporting a single farm, City Fresh is a multi-producer CSA; instead of the high cost of an up-front seasonal membership, shares are purchased weekly, and EBT and Produce Perks can be used to pay for reduced-price shares. A social-entrepreneurial model allows us to subsidize reduced-price shares with profits from full-priced shares, so that a $35 family share offering about 20 pounds of excellent produce can be purchased for $18 in SNAP dollars. We work with food security programs and a network of funders to provide free shares to the most vulnerable community members, and our weekly Fresh Stops are hosted by passionate community volunteers, supported by a lean staff deeply committed to our mission.

City Fresh is committed to provide what many surplus- and commodity-based food security resources cannot: a consistent seasonal source of very fresh, varied, locally grown, high-nutrient produce that is easy to prepare and highly appetizing, with 92% of our members reporting that participation has substantially increased their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables - a critical contribution to health outcomes. Since 2005, City Fresh has prioritized slow, steady, sustainable growth of a network of 15 Fresh Stops throughout the NEO region. Two-thirds are located in USDA Food Desert Census Tracts, with one-third of all shares used by low-income households.

the steps

We're already on the move bringing local veggies to Fresh Stops every week. Our staff gather veggies from local Northeast Ohio farms and brings them back to City Fresh headquarters for sorting. We make sure every vegetable that someone ordered is set and ready to go to its proper Fresh Stop, then we take those veggies to each of our 15 fresh stops throughout Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. Our volunteers then ensure that all those veggies make it into the bags of the shareholders that ordered them. 

why we're doing it

The block you live on is a more important factor in your health than any single other factor. One reason that there are such big disparities in Northeast Ohio, and the nation, is that easy and affordable access to healthy food is very limited in neighborhoods with high poverty rates. City Fresh takes aim at these challenges, establishing Fresh Stops in neighborhoods with low access to fresh food, seeking funding to help families afford fresh and local produce, and partnering with other organizations – like Produce Perks – to help our neighbors address health challenges based solely on where they live.

Community building is central to our work. Storytelling, recipe sharing, cooperation & collaboration with volunteers and community partners, nutrition education, seasonal eating, and learning about culturally relevant foods all contribute to mutual aid between growers and eaters, home cooks and professional chefs, volunteers, staff, trustees, and other stakeholders.


Final budget



ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)

ioby Donation Processing Fee (4%)


Original budget

$1,060 for staff and administrative support

$500 paid to local Ohio farmers for their home-grown veggies

$140 to bring those veggies to your Fresh Stop

$180 for supplies

$120 to maintain the George Jones Farm, our home base

= $2,000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 8%    N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4%    $40.82
TOTAL TO RAISE    $2,040.82
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


Your support is bringing real veggies to real people


We're astounded by the support our community has shown so far for this campaign. We've rounded the halfway point of our season which has brought eggplants, summer squash, tomatoes, corn, kale and so much more to our shareholders. We hope you'll get involved in whichever way suits you best: donating to the campaign, ordering a share, volunteering, or spreading the word. There's still time!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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