about cobblestone farms
Cobblestone Farms is a local non-profit passionately committed to hunger relief by donating over half of production to local food agencies in NWA. Our mission is to grow fresh food locally so we can support and teach the community the role fresh food has on health, wellness and a sustainable future. 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.
WE EXIST TO...
Provide access to fresh food to those who struggle to meet their basic needs.
Motivate individuals in our community to live sustainably and advocate for the food insecure.
Partner with local hunger relief agencies and sustainable development programs.
We distribute fresh produce from our Fayetteville farm to local partners: Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Samaritan House, Fayetteville Public Library Books & Bites event, 2nd Street Pantry and LifeSource.
Working with our community partners New Heights Church, Single Parent Scholarship, NWACC Brightwater 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
Hunger insecurity in NWA is higher than any other region 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 4 families 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 that are suffering silently. 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.