about cobblestone farms
Cobblestone Farms is a 501(c)3, our mission is to address food insecurity by donating over half of production to families and hunger relief agencies in the NWA community. The Cobblestone Farm aids in the fight against hunger by growing and distributing certified naturally grown produce and eggs to local agencies. Our main source of funding is through CSA subscriptions and wholesale.
Cobblestone farms distributes fresh produce and eggs to families in need.
1 in 8 arkansas residents are food insecure.
we Partner with local hunger relief agencies and sustainable development programs to increase access to fresh produce year round.
We distribute fresh produce from the Fayetteville and Bentonville operations to local partners: Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Samaritan House, Fayetteville Public Library Books & Bites event, 2nd Street Pantry, Yvonne Richardson Center, Genesis and LifeSource.
Working with our community partners New Heights Church, Single Parent Scholarship of Bentonville, Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food and the VA Hospital we are able to offer a variety of programs dedicated to educating and advocating.
Cobblestone Farms(1) provides access to fresh food to those who struggle to meet their needs, (2) motivates those in our community to live sustainably, (3) advocates for Arkansans who suffer from food insecurity, and (4) partners with local hunger relief agencies and sustainable development programs.
Cobblestone aims to feed the hungry nutritionally stable meals.
Hunger in Arkansas
130,000 Northwest Arkansas residents are "hunger challenged" - these individuals go without meals, and when they have a meal, it lacks basic nutrients. According to the Food Research and Action Center, Arkansas ranks third in food hardship with a 25% rate in homes with children. Food hardship is the inability of a household to afford adequate food. This hardship affects 1 in 8 people in Northwest Arkansas.
Food hardship touches more people than many think. More than 40% of SNAP beneficiaries in Arkansas come from working families according to Feeding America. These are our neighbors and friends. People that are working and receiving assistance are still struggling to meet their basic needs.
Food banks and pantries are feeling the need as well. Feeding America released a study noting food banks are seeing a shift from emergency assistance to essential supplementation. Food pantries are utilized as a consistent food source. More than half of all food pantry clients visited a food bank at least six months or more during the year and 36% visited at least once a month.
Pantry clients currently receiving SNAP benefits are recurrent or frequent visitors to a food pantry at a rate of 58%. Households have to rely on both SNAP benefits and food pantries during sustained periods of economic difficulty.
Members of communities all over Northwest Arkansas continue to silently face nutritional food deprivation. Cobblestone is going to do something about it and have a direct impact on families and children in our community who need a fresh, nutritional meal. We encourage members of our communities to learn the struggles of their neighbors and offer a helping hand.