INCREASE ACCESS to nutritious and affordable food.
STRENGTHEN LOCAL ECONOMY by supporting and promoting local farmers and businesses.
IMPROVE HEALTH by addressing food-related issues that affect diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes
PROVIDE INFORMATION about food system issues in Adams County.
FOSTER PARTNERSHIPS to promote education, food assessment and action.
INFLUENCE POLICY to ensure that food production, distribution and consumption are beneficial to the health of our community.
January 2018: Families participated in free swimming classes hosted by Casa de la Cultura, Winter hikes organized by Community Wellness Connections, and a holiday potluck dinner.
February 2018: From November 2017 through February 2018, 100 families and 61 seniors received vouchers to spend at Kennie’s market in Gettysburg, Biglerville, and Littlestown. Each family/senior received $45 per month for 4 months to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Several participants also attended the Food Policy Council’s Open Forum in November 2017, voicing their opinions on how to energize the movement for greater access to healthy food in Adams County. In a general survey conducted by Healthy Options leaders and volunteers, program participants reported that their family was able to eat healthier, they were able to purchase a greater variety of fruits and veggies, and that they were encouraged to try a type of fruit or veggie that they had never had before. Many also reported that because of the program they cook differently and feel empowered to grow their own food. In the words of one participant, “I hope the program continues for many years to come!”
February 2018: The Gleaning Project hosted their first ever “Gleaning Gardener Gathering”. 35 backyard gardeners, aspiring gardeners, business owners, nutritionists, church leaders, and volunteers gathered at South Central Community Action Programs Inc. to discuss how they could support each other and The Gleaning Project's mission to reduce food insecurity throughout the 2017 growing season. The idea for this gathering was born at the Adams County Food Policy Council's Food Access Open Forum in November of 2017. Several community gardeners had expressed a desire to get together before the growing season to brainstorm tangible ways they could help feed their neighbors. The Gleaning Project heard this call to action and created an opportunity to connect our community.
April 2018: The Gleaning Project raised nearly $7,000 at their 5th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Gettysburg College’s Plank Gymnasium. Over 400 community members gathered to support this community initiative, enjoying a variety of locally made soups donated by local restaurants in beautiful ceramic bowls made with love by local artists. Attendees were encouraged to bring their “empty bowls” home with them to remember those whose bowls remain empty in our community.
April, 2018. Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force members presented information on eating healthier when eating fast food to members of the Circles groups at South Central Community Action Programs. Circles assist families in moving from poverty to self-sufficiency. The Presentation consisted of materials showing healthier choices from various fast food restaurants as well as information from the “You’re the Mom” campaign developed at Tufts University to help empower low-income mothers to make healthier choices for their kids when eating out.
May 2018: WellSpan Community Health and Wellness invites WellSpan Medical Group adult primary care practices to participate in the 2018 Market Bucks program. Participation requires a staff member to assume the role of Market Bucks Coach – meeting on a monthly basis with a minimum of 5 – 10 participants who meet the program criteria, and providing on-site coordination. WellSpan Health coaches have typically served as the Market Bucks Coach. However, practices have the flexibility to recruit other staff members to assume this responsibility, including nurses; physicians; or other specialists embedded at the practice (dietitians or behavioral health specialists). Participants may NOT be charged for the monthly appointments, as Market Bucks is a community benefit program
May 2018: 2018: The Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Health Rehabilitation Hospital and the York Hospital are all purchasing produce through the South Central PA Harvest Hub. A presentation was made at the Regional Meeting for local food service directors for school districts. The South Central PA Harvest Hub and members of the committee encouraged more directors to utilize the Harvest Hub.
June, 2018: Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force members handed out “You’re the Mom” materials to families with children at the special Market Day at Misty Ridge housing development.
August 2018: The Gleaning Project raised just over $5,000 through their 2nd annual Glean-A-Mania fundraiser. Community members pledged 1 penny per pound of produce that volunteers gleaned during the week of August 11-17. The Adams County branch of The Gleaning Project harvested over 9,000 lbs in only one week, and distributed that produce to 24 community partners.
September, 2018: Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force members assisted the Physical Fitness Task Force with a special Children’s Walk at the Eisenhower Farm. They developed a scavenger hunt for children to use when walking the farm and handed out healthy snacks.
September 2018: Adams County Farmers Market Association was was awarded a USDA-Rural Business Development Grant for capacity building and in-creased management support for the growing out-reach and wellness initiatives.
October 2018: ACFPC launches new website.
October, 2018: Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force members participated in a vegetable taste test with local chef Subarna Sijapati at St. Francis school’s annual Health Day.
November, 2018: The Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force completed its update of its Healthy Dining Guide, listing restaurants in Adams County and nearby Hanover who met the task force’s nutrition criteria. Restaurants had to meet 70% of the criteria set by the Task Force (higher than the 60% goal in 2016) to qualify for listing. Based on a review of information returned to the task force, 13 restaurants qualified to be listed in the brochure. Task force members are also adapting the Healthy Dining Guide so that it can be published in the 2019 edition of the Adams County Local Foods Resource Guide.
January 2017: Partnering with South Central Community Action Programs and Kennie's Market, the Food Policy Council began implementation of the SNAP Fruit & Veggie Bucks program. The program provided financial incentives to SNAP recipients who purchased fresh fruits & vegetables at Kennie’s Market Gettysburg and Biglerville stores. From January 2-March 15 and April 16-May 31, 2017, SNAP customers received a 50% discount on the five most expensive fresh produce items they purchased at those Kennie’s locations. From March15-April 15, we were able to dramatically increase program participation by offering the five most expensive fresh produce items purchased for free. Over 200 SNAP recipients were served by the program and received approximately $25,000 in incentives to purchase fresh produce (average of $125/SNAP customer, or $25/month). Program participants surveyed after the program ended in May, 2017 found the program to be beneficial: their family was able to eat healthier, purchase more kinds of fruits and vegetables, were able to try new fruits and vegetables, and were able to purchase a greater amount of fruits and vegetables than they could have afforded without the incentive. Additionally, program participants were sent information about the Double Dollars program for SNAP recipients at the Adams County Farm Fresh Market. The Market experienced an increase in participation in 2017 compared to 2016, perhaps in part because of the increased awareness of the Double Dollars program among SNAP customers who participated in the Fruit & Veggie Bucks program. The program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program, along with matching funds from the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, Gettysburg College Center for Public Service and Rice Fruit Company. Enough funds remain for the Fruit & Veggie Bucks program to be offered again in Kennie’s Market Gettysburg and Biglerville stores from January through April, 2018. Meredith A. Cox '17, a Gettysburg College student presented the research "Fruit and Vegetable Bucks: Adams County Grocery Store Snap Incentive Program." A summary of participant survey results is also availabls
February 2017: From November 2015 through February 2016, 100 families and 53 seniors received vouchers to spend at Kennie’s market in Gettysburg, Biglerville, and Littlestown. Each family/senior received $45 per month for 4 months to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Several participants also attended bi-weekly knitting and crocheting classes throughout the winter months.
April 2017: The Gleaning Project hosted their 4th annual Empty Bowls fundraising event at Gettysburg College’s Plank Gymnasium with the support of the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg College Art and Art History Department, and South Central Community Action Programs. They received donations of soup and bread from 22 local restaurants, and donations of handmade ceramic bowls from 14 local artists. Through this event, The Gleaning Project raised over $5,000 to support their efforts to distribute gleaned produce to local neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
April 2017: 2017: Adams County Farmers Market Association aggregates its market and services to one centralize location in Downtown Gettysburg. The site is the home of Rabbit Transit providing vital transportation services to area residents including seniors.
May 2017: The 2017-2019 addition of the Adams County Local Foods Resource Guide is printed and distributed.
May 2017: The average enrollment for Market Bucks was 43 participants per year for the first three years. In 2017 participation more than doubled to 111 participants. Market Bucks voucher redemption rates have ranged from 71.8% and 86.8% over the four-year period. These Market Bucks program results compare favorably to the Wholesome Wave Fruit and Vegetable Rx program - a model fruit and vegetable prescription/voucher program serving large populations of high-risk patients in select metropolitan cities in the northeast.
September 2017: In 2017, the Gettysburg Food Pantry at South Central Community Action Programs reports serving 2,086 unduplicated families, 5,992 unduplicated individuals and 26,903 total services.
October 2017: In its fifth season, the Battlefield Garden at Sherfy Farm grows over 2,000 pounds of vegetables during the 2017 season for Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College and the Gleaning project. This farm is a collaborative of the Gettysburg Foundation, Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Plans are in place to expand to more garden space at the Bushman Farm in the military Park.
October 2017: After moving its Thursday at Saturday market location to the Transit Center in downtown Gettysburg, Adams County Farmers Market Association has a record year for sales, including a year for sales from outreach efforts which totaled $65,797. Over $46,000 of these sales came from the Adams County Employee Wellness Bucks and Healthy Options. The remaining amount came from debit and SNAP sales as well as the double dollars initiative.
October 2017: Healthy Options wraps up its 11th season with 102 families and 62 senior citizens participating. Over $50,000 in funding for the 2017 season came from the fundraising efforts of the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College, Adams County United Way, CSA share donations from local farms, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, and WellSpan’s Employee Giving Campaign. Ten Community Leaders coordinated community walks in Gettysburg, Biglerville, and New Oxford as well as events at the Transit Center market such as Family Day at the Market and Family Day. Three preservation classes and one cooking class were offered to participants, using gleaned produce at the Campus Kitchens facility.
September 2017: From June 2017-September 2017, 102 families and 62 seniors received vouchers to spend at the Adams County Farm Fresh Market at the Gettysburg Transit Center. Each family/senior received $45 per month for 4 months to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farm vendors. 10 leaders coordinated community walks in Gettysburg, Biglerville, and New Oxford. Participants also participated in farmers’ market events such as Family Day at the Market and Family Day at the Market. Three preservation classes and one cooking class were offered to participants, using gleaned produce at the Campus Kitchens facility.
October 2017: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA hosted their 3rd annual World Hunger Week in an effort to raise awareness about hunger related issues and advocate for local solutions to this global problem. They gleaned over 8,000 lbs of apples and winter squash in one week, and worked with volunteers to process and preserve applesauce and pumpkin puree to distribute to clients during the winter months. The week of advocacy culminated with their 3rd annual Fall Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted at the Adams County Farmers Market, in which community members donated $15 to The Gleaning Project. In exchange, they received a unique ceramic bowl of their choosing full of a homemade apple treat and a scoop of Mr. G’s ice cream. This event helped to raise $1,500 to support The Gleaning Project’s efforts to make good use of agricultural excess, reduce food insecurity, and improve nutrition in Adams County.
November 2017: Adams County Food Policy Council hosts a Community Food Forum to energize the movement for access to healthy and local food. Participants focused discussions on affordability (preparing, cooking, preservation, supplying), child/family nutrition, community gardens, affordability of healthy foods, communication, grower’s concerns around pricing and selling, farm to school and school lunch programs and farm food loss/gleaning.
November 2017: 2017: After a few years of waiting to see how the food hub would develop there has been some success. Two school districts have started to purchase local produce from the South Central PA Harvest Hub. Conewago School District and Bermudian Springs School District have both been loyal customers. Also, this year we were reacquainted with Kristin Markley, who is now the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for the Healthy Food in Health Care Program which is a part of the organization “Health Care Without Harm”. This organization is a national non-profit that works with over 1000 hospitals to transition health care food service to a healthier dietary pattern that is less resource intensive and protects the environment and our finite resources. They also seek to empower health care facilities to employ population health management by building local food systems and creating access and affordability of healthy local food through their investments, purchasing, and operations. Healthy Adams County arranged a meeting between Kristin, the South Central PA Harvest Hub and the WellSpan Health Food Service Director and several food service managers from Gettysburg and York Hospitals. The outcome of that meeting was the decision to create a path for the food service managers to purchase local produce for hospital use.
December 2017: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA wrapped up the 2017 season in which they recovered almost 200,000 lbs of fruits and veggies from 90 generous farms, markets and back yard gardens. This was only possible with the help of 650 volunteers who dedicated 2,700 hours harvesting, processing, and transporting produce. They were able to distribute this food to 17,000 community members through a network of 50 community partners including food pantries, shelters, senior centers, subsidized housing units, after school programs and summer camps. Additionally, they offered several free gardening, cooking, and preservation classes to clients in an effort to improve health and nutrition in our community.
February 2016: From November 2015 through February 2016, Healthy Options expanded to Kennie's Markets through funding from Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, enabling 76 families to purchase fruits and vegetables at the Gettysburg, Littlestown, and Biglerville stores over fall/winter season.
February 2016: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College raises $7,500 for Healthy Options through the annual national Campus Kitchen competition, Raise the Dough.
April 2016: The Gleaning Project hosted an Empty Bowls fundraising event at Gettysburg College’s Plank Gymnasium with the support of the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg College Art and Art History Department, and South Central Community Action Programs. They received donations of soup and bread from 22 local restaurants, and donations of handmade ceramic bowls from 16 local artists. Through this event, The Gleaning Project raised $5,400 to support their efforts to distribute gleaned produce to local neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
April 2016: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA received the Distinguished Service Community Engagement Award from the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania to celebrate their accomplishments and impact on reducing food insecurity in South Central Pennsylvania.
May 2016: Adams County Farmers Market Association was awarded a USDA-Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant in partnership with SCCAP. This two year project aims to grow key market benchmarks and expand outreach services throughout Adams, Franklin and York Counties.
May 2016: The Adams County Farmers Market Association moves to a new location from Steinwehr Avenue to Lincoln Square with a Thursday afternoon market.
May 2016: The Painted Turtle Farm expands, hosting 27 families in community plots and 20 Community Supported Agriculture shares.
May 2016: The Children's Health & Nutrition Task Force is beginning a "Healthy Choices for Kids & Adults Partner Program" in 2016. All restaurants in Adams county and neighboring communities such as Hanover were sent surveys they were invited to submit, along with a copy of their menu. Restaurants who meet at least 60% of the healthy food criteria listed in the survey will qualify for the program. Restaurants who qualify will be listed in the Healthy Dining Guide of Adams County and Neighboring Communities, will be publicized in the Adams County Local Foods Resource Guide beginning in 2017, and will be listed on the Community Wellness Connections website. As of late July, 2016 appoximately 20 restaurants have qualified for the program, based on a review of information they returned by task force members. We anticipate having the Healthy Dining Guide brochure ready for distribution in the fall of 2016.
May 2016: Gettysburg College Mathematics Assistant Professor, Kim Spayd, analyzed Healthy Options data with students from her Applied Statistics spring 2016 courses, and complied results.
June 2016: Partnering with South Central Community Action Programs and Kennie's Market, the Food Policy Council received a $26,000 grant from USDA in spring, 2016. The funds will be used to provide incentives for Adams County residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables at Kennie's Market Biglerville and Gettysburg stores from January through April, 2017. SNAP Fruit &Veggie Bucks will provide a 50% discount at the point of sale for fresh produce, with a limit of $5.00 per visit. Project goals are to: a) increase produce sales at Kennie's Market by 10% ; and b) increase awareness of SNAP customers of the availability of incentives already provided at the Adams County Farmers' Markets, leading to a 10% increase in SNAP usage during the 2017 market season.
June 2016: Healthy Options grows to 101 households. 10 group leaders organized community walks for program participants in New Oxford, Biglerville and Gettysburg.
July 2016: Through partnership with Adams County Office for Aging and funding from Gettysburg Hospital Foundtaion, Senior Healthy Options expanded to include 50 additional senior citizens who received $40 per month for 3 months to be used at Adams County Farm Fresh Markets. Income guidelines are 135% to 250% of FPIG, slightly extended from Healthy Options which is 160%-250%.
July 2016: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College finishes its third summer of Green Goodies where it delivered bags of fresh produce to 35 shut-in senior citizens once a week for eight weeks.
July 2016: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA erected a 12’x14’ walk in cooler at their SCCAP headquarters to more effectively distribute recovered produce to food insecure individuals. The cooler was purchased through a grant from Lush Cosmetics. All HVAC work and materials were donated by Peter Hull from Hull’s Electric.
August 2016: From August 2015 through August 2016, Adams County Arts Council partnered with Healthy Options, offering a modification of its Eat Smart, Play Hard curriculum. Three 6-session level 1 groups and two 6-session level 2 groups engaged Healthy Options families in cooking and learning nutrition concepts together. Seventeen families participated in at least level 1, with 11 families returning for level 2. Summer cooking classes are being held once/month during the June-September Healthy Options season, with open invitation to all Healthy Options participants.
September 2016: SCCAP’s Food Pantry and Gleaning Project officially opened their renovated market area, allowing food insecure members of the community to “shop” for fresh produce and groceries in an enclosed weatherproof building.
October 2016: The Gleaning Project hosted its 2nd annual World Hunger Week with the support of South Central Community Action Programs Inc. and Gettysburg College. They hosted a film screening of A Place at the Table at the Majestic Theater, hosted two Hunger Banquets (in Adams and Franklin Counties), and gleaned 18,500 lbs of produce that would have otherwise gone to waste with the help of many Gettysburg College student volunteers as well as FFA students from Chambersburg Area High School and Northern York High School.
October, 2016: The Children’s Health & Nutrition Task Force completed publication of its Healthy Dining Guide, listing restaurants in Adams County and nearby Hanover who met the task force’s nutrition criteria. Based on a review of information returned to the task force, 20 restaurants qualified to be listed in the brochure. Task force members later adapted the Healthy Dining Guide so that it could be published in the 2017 edition of the Adams County Local Foods Resource Guide.
December 2016: In 2016, The Gleaning Project of South Central PA rescued a total of 200,000 lbs of produce from 42 farms and orchards throughout Adams County as well as 42 back yard gardeners. They distributed those nutritious, delicious fruits and veggies to 14,000 community members struggling to afford enough nutritious food with the help of 45 community partners and 700 volunteers.
May 2015: The Adams County Local Foods Guide is updated for 2015-2016 seasons and 12,000 copies are printed and distributed.
April 2015: The Gleaning Project hosted an Empty Bowls fundraising event at Gettysburg College with the support of the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg College Art and Art History Department, and South Central Community Action Programs. They received donations of soup and bread from 18 local restaurants, and donations of handmade ceramic bowls from 14 local artists. Through this event, The Gleaning Project raised $5000 to support their efforts to distribute gleaned produce to local neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
October 2015: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA launched their first annual World Hunger Week with the support of South Central Community Action Programs Inc. In the course of 6 days they hosted 9 events including a canned food drive in collaboration with United Way, a SNAP challenge, two super apple gleans, a documentary film screening of Food Stamped, a World Hunger Banquet, and more. They collected 8,770 lbs of donated food, and $4,768 to held end hunger and food insecurity in Adams County.
December 2015: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College reaches a milestone and serves its 50,000th meal at a celebration at the Gettysburg Senior Center. This also markeed 93,000 pounds of food rescued.
December 2015: In 2015, The Gleaning Project of South Central PA rescued a total of 223,338.85 lbs of produce from 41 farms and orchards throughout Adams County. They distributed those edible but unsalable fruits and veggies to 14,072 community members struggling to afford enough nutritious food with the help of 35 community partners and 478 volunteers.
January 2014: The ACFPC holds a retreat for council members to reevaluate our Vision, Mission, and Goals, and tie them to our past current and future steps.
February 2014: The Campus Kitchens at Gettysburg College (CKGC) participates in the annual "Raise the Dough" Challenge, competing against other Campus Kitchens nationwide to raise money for hunger relief programming. 4 CSA shares were donated to the cause for re-sale from Tuckey's Mountain Grown Berries, Everblossom Farm, Broad Valley Orchard and Beech Springs. More than $7,500 was raised by CKGC to support the 2014 season of Healthy Options.
April 2014: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA holds its 1st Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Gettysburg College. Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger. Original, handmade ceramic bowls were donated by local artists and ceramics students, while local restaurants donated soups and bread. Attendees were charged a flat rate of $10 per bowl to be filled with soups and bread. Over $2,700 was raised to support the Gleaning Project.
March 2014: The first meeting of the 2014 Community Leaders (CL) for Healthy Options. This new model has 8 past Healthy Options participants leading groups of 7-10 other participants. The CL's are the main point of contact for their group members and they assist with phone call reminders, voucher and survey distribution and activity planning.
May 2014: The WellSpan Market Bucks program began in 2014 as part of the WellSpan Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address needs identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment. Market Bucks is designed to help improve the care and treatment of overweight/obese adults who are managed by WellSpan Medical Group practices. Through this program, low-income patients, as identified through established criteria, are provided with healthy eating guidance and fruit and vegetable Market Bucks vouchers redeemable at participating farmers’ markets. In collaboration with the Adams County Food policy council we had been able to partner and involved participants in other events/activities and programs that partner organizations have put into place.
May 2014: The Adams County Farmers Market Association moves to a new location from the Gettysburg Rec Park to Steinwehr Avenue, next to the Heritage Center.
May 2014: Now officially 'Certified Naturally Grown', The Painted Turtle Farm houses a 14-family community garden as well as a 6-member CSA.
June 2014: The 2014 season of Healthy Options begins, with 70 participating families, including the 8 community leaders. Each family receives 9 vouchers per month, valued at $45 each, for 4 months during the summertime Farmer's Market season. As in past summers, the vouchers may be redeemed at the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets, located at the the Gettysburg Outlets on Fridays & Saturdays (930am-2pm), as well as Steinwehr Ave in Gettysburg on Wednesdays (2pm-6pm).
September 2014: The Painted Turtle Farm receives a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) of $21,000 for the construction of a hoop house and extended season education for interested families to grow food year-round.
September 2014: Ruth's Harvest Gettysburg (RHG) begins sending home backpacks filled with 7 meals over the weekend to students who qualify for free/reduced lunches at one area elementary school. More than 50% of students at this school qualify for free/reduced lunches and 114 are are currently enrolled in the backpack program in Gettysburg. A local Gettysburg resident modeled the program after Ruth's Harvest in Hanover, PA. RHG is greatly supported by many of the Gettysburg churches.
October 2014: The Adams County Farmer Market Association applies for a receives a Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant of $82,000 to increase sales of agricultural products, stimulate agri-tourism activities, and expand EBT and FMNP access throughout Adams and Franklin Counties in South Central PA.
October 2014: ACFPC is invited to attend the Chesapeake Food Policy Leadership Institute, a 3-day event focusing on leadership, policy and communication. Organized and led by staff at the Center for a Livable Future, the institute sough to connect and improve the capacity of new and existing food policy councils and similar organizations to effectively advance food system policies.
October 2014: Since 2011, Adams County Farmers Market sales generated from community outreach programs increased by 170%. A strong indication that the Association is reaching families that need these benefits the most.
November 2014: 2014: Our neighbors in the Northern York County School District, PA received a $99,000 Farm 2 School Implementation Grant through the USDA to develop a virtual food hub and hire a procurement coordinator. The procurement coordinator will connect food service directors in seven school districts to local farmers and find out if they can fulfill their food needs. Two of the seven school districts, Upper Adams and Bermudian Springs, are actually right here in Adams County! Carol Richwine, teacher of Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences in the Northern York County School District, spearheaded the effort and hopes that this model can serve as a learning model that may be replicated in other school districts.
December 2014: Recap of Healthy Options with the Community Leaders-all were enthusiastic about their role and the initiative itself. Leader provided feedback to continue to improve the program for next season. An astounding 90.6% of all available Healthy Options vouchers were spent in the 2014 season.
December 2014: The Gleaning Project of South Central PA rescued a total of 176,233 lbs of produce from 34 farms and orchards throughout Adams County. They distributed those edible but unsalable fruits and veggies to 9,703 community members struggling to afford enough nutritious food with the help of 27 community partners and 220 volunteers.
January 2013: The AC Food Policy Council helps secure funding for the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) at Gettysburg College through submitting a national Campus Kitchen sub-grant of the AARP: “AARP Senior Hunger Fellowship and Outreach” which helps CKP focus on inclusion of 50 (years old)+ population into programming.
January 2013: ACFPC members are asked to speak about food security and healthy eating issues in Adams County on ‘Community Focus’ program on Community Media station with Mark Berg.
February 2013: Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community (JPIC) accepts manuscript written on Healthy Options 2012 to be published in one of their 2014 journal issues.
February 2013: Committee is formed to meet needs of continuing Adams County Gleaning Network coordination and ACFPC representative attends York County Food Availability task force meeting to speak on what ACFPC is doing and how it got started. Another ACFPC member attends the South Central PA- Food System Alliance’s Equity and Inclusion Training.
February 2013: Press coverage by the Gettysburg Times twice in one month, with “Healthy Options when at market” included in the Living section on February 16, 2013 and “Healthy Adams County prioritizes needs, concerns” under the PROGRESS 2013 section on February 22, 2013.
February 2013: AmeriCorps*VISTA position (under Pennsylvania Campus Compact) for coordination of ACFPC is secured for a second year.
March 2013: New vendors are secured for the Adams County Farmers Market Association markets in 2013. Adams County Farmers Market Association helps to raise awareness about Healthy Options at the Wellspan Women’s Health Conference.
March 2013: A free community screening of the documentary, ‘ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare’ is organized and shown in collaboration with: Healthy Adams County and Adams County Food Policy Council, Wellspan Health, Family First Health, Gettysburg College, and Adams Hanover Health Care 4 All PA. A panel discussion with an array of local health-care professionals follows the screening.
March 2013: Referring agencies for Healthy Options are expanded to include: Adams County Office for Aging, Adams County Head Start, Casa de la Cultura, and New Life Outreach Ministries for the 2013 season. CSA farm, Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries is added to our list of CSA farms donating a CSA share for re-sale to help fund Healthy Options 2013.
April 2013: Grant written with the help of ACFPC coordinator was submitted and is approved in the amount of $4400 from the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania for convening stakeholders of and conducting a feasibility study for a Food Hub in Adams County. ACFPC participates in the first annual ‘Green Day’ celebration at the Ag & Natural Resources Center.
April 2013: An article on Healthy Options is written for the Saturday Centerpiece of the Gettysburg Times on April 20, 2013. ACFPC collaborates with Gettysburg College to help with the facilitating of initial meetings and organizing of participants for the transformation of the Painted Turtle Farm on Gettysburg College’s campus to a community garden model and ‘Campus-community hub for Food Justice.’
April 2013: The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) for Adams County, a member organization of the ACFPC, agrees to take on the Gleaning Network coordinator position as a “community engagement” initiative. SCCAP, along with the aid of the council, finds a student intern to fill this position for the harvesting season of 2013.
April 2013: 12,000 copies of a newly updated version of the Adams County Local Foods Resource Guides, created by a committee of Food Policy Council members, goes to print.
May 2013: The Adams County Food Policy Council signs letter of support for a USDA Farm to School grant application that Northern York School District sends in as part of the Food Hub ‘vision’. This school district, identified as a great partner because of its significant resources, has a space (and employment capacity) to implement a form of Food Hub idea. This ‘Food Hub’ and school district collaboration gives hope to the council’s vision of getting local, fresh foods into schools and other institutions.
May 2013: The Painted Turtle Farm becomes 'Certified Naturally Grown'.
May 2013: A video on the ACFPC’s Healthy Options initiative (and the ‘Photovoice’ project) is created as a Gettysburg College student’s senior project for her Environmental Studies major. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zzw0vtgZAY
June 2013: Healthy Options 2013 begins on June 5th, with 65 participants registered. The council, as a task force of Healthy Adams County, is granted $4,800 by the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation for the Healthy Options Initiative. The St. James Mission Foundation grants $2,400 to go towards the Double Dollars program for SNAP recipients at the ACFMA’s Farm Fresh Markets.
September 2013: A new Gleaning Network Coordinator is hired through SCCAP and continues to follow through with and expand upon the work of the previous Gleaning Coordinators. Check out the website for information and volunteer opportunities!
October 2013: A community screening of the film Fresh, a movie examining our current food system and the steps some individuals are taking to change and improve it. The film screening was preceded by a meet-and-greet farmers reception and followed by a panel discussion after the movie. About 200 people were in attendance, including students, farmers and people interested in what they are eating and where it comes from.
January 2012: After 20 years in the basement of Prince of Peace Episcopal church, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen moves into the newly renovated Peace House, allowing lunch to be served seven days a week.
January 2012: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College recovers 40,000 pounds of food and serves its 25,000th meal!
March 2012: Application submitted by ACFPC member, Kim Davidson, to hire an AmeriCorps* VISTA member to support and help coordinate the ACFPC is accepted.
March 2012: CSA shares were secured to be donated to Campus Kitchens of Gettysburg College for resale to fund 2012 Fair Share project- from Beech Springs farm, Everblossom farm, Sherlocks’ farm, and Common Ground farm.
March 2012: The “March Matchness” on-line fundraising campaign through the Campus Kitchens Project at Gettysburg College raises, in conjunction with money made through resale of CSA shares, $4,200 for upcoming Fair Share Project. At the end of the month, Campus Kitchens begins nutrition activities at Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
April 2012: ACFPC member, Nancy Forgang, goes to Gettysburg’s Vida Charter School to talk to elementary-aged students about food inequity and services.
May 2012: The food policy council is awarded the Land O’ Lakes grant from the United Way of PA to support Fair Share 2012 programming and activities.
May 2012: The Adams County Farmers’ Market Association is able to hire a market manager, who will be able to help with market set up, managing EBT/Debit machine and info table, gathering information from farmers for ACFMA newsletter, as well as marketing. ACFPC member, J’Amy Graham Thomas, is hired for this position.
June 2012: the ‘Fair Share Project’ is renamed ‘Healthy Options’. ACFPC receives funding (via Healthy Adams County) for use with Healthy Options programming from Adams County Community Foundation. Part of this money received is also used for the ‘Double Dollars Program’, which allows the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets™ to offer SNAP benefits recipients an opportunity to double their ‘SNAP dollars’ at the markets, matching up to $10 on a purchase made through the EBT machine at market. For more info, visit the © ACFMA’s blog.
June 9th, 2012: The kick-off event for Healthy Options 2012 was held, with 44 families signed on to the program in June. Educational activities for the Healthy Options program 2012, to go along with the food vouchers for use at Adams County Farm Fresh Markets, are announced – including: cooking classes, local farm tours, gardening classes, a photography project, ‘Kids’ Day’ at market, as well as a Health Fair at market.
June 20th, 2012: ACFPC partnered with Adams County Ag Innovations (of the Penn State Extension office) Adams County Farm Bureau, Gettysburg Young Farmers, Adams County Ag Teachers, Adams County Tech-Prep, Gettysburg Adams Chambers of Commerce, and Penn State Extension to create a Farm Bill Forum event at Harrisburg Area Community College’s Gettysburg campus. ACFPC member and director of SCCAP, Megan Shreve, was one of the featured panel members at event.
July 2012: On July 10th, the ACFPC’s ‘Healthy Options’ initiative is one of three additional projects highlighted at the ‘Closing the Food Gap Follow-up & South Central PA Food System Alliance Kick-off Meeting’ in Camp Hill, PA. Four ACFPC members attend and are identified as partners for the South Central PA Food System Alliance.
September 2012: ACFPC helps link Penn State Extension Adams County’s ‘Promoting Ag Education in Our Classrooms’ project with Gettysburg College’s Center for Public Service students and Gettysburg Area School District’s after-school activities program. A PA Dept. of Education approved curriculum called Food, Land, and People is used for after-school activity for students at Lincoln Elementary, taught to the elementary students by Gettysburg College student volunteers
September 2012: On Sept. 18th, ACFPC members Kathy Gaskin (of Healthy Adams County) and Audrey Hess present on ‘Local Food Systems: How You can Get Involved—Action Planning’, along with another South Central PA Food System Alliance partner, during the ‘Go Local For Health’ Regional Health Summit. The Healthy Options 2012 program is highlighted as an example of ACFPC’s initiatives in the community.
October 2012: After the Adams County Farmers’ Markets Association’s market season comes to an end, statistics show that out of all money reimbursed to the vendors from the Healthy Options vouchers, 67% of this money was spent by the participants using these food vouchers on fruits/vegetables. Other types of products include: meat/cheese/eggs (with 19% of voucher-money spent), baked goods (only 12% voucher-money spent), and some ‘other’ things such as flowers, soaps, dog treats, etc (2% of voucher money spent). Compared to other sources of money reimbursements to vendors, such as Debit and EBT transactions at market, the Healthy Options vouchers showed the greatest allocation of money spent on fruits/vegetables and the lowest allocation of money spent on vendors that sold mostly ‘baked goods’. The percentage of dollars redeemed at market out of dollar amount of total vouchers collected by participants is calculated at 95.6%; in other words- over 95% of the vouchers collected by families were redeemed. This resulted in $5,955 having been spent at the farmers’ markets through the Healthy Options initiative. These statistics are increases from last years’ voucher-use statistics! For more interesting results, click here!
November 2012: A Restaurant Campaign committee is formed with goal of restaurant menus being more transparent about calories/ingredients in meals, after finding through the Adams County Community Health Assessment that obesity and overweight issues is one of the four priority areas. Collaboration with a ‘senior seminar’ class at Gettysburg College on the topic of Food Policy in the U.S.: students help with contacting/interviewing 8 Adams County restaurants about usage of local foods
December 2012: Manuscript written by ACFPC members encompasses the research done on the Healthy Options program 2012 and is submitted to the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. Read the research and officially-documented outcomes and implications of Healthy Options 2012.
December 2012: The Adams County Farmers Market Association secures funding to employ ‘Off-Season’ Market Manager for part-time hours throughout the winter, with goal of helping to secure new/more vendors for market season.
March 2011: The Campus Kitchen in collaboration with local CSA farms, begin the Fair Share Project by raising over $4000 to provide 25 families in the food gap with vouchers to be redeemed at the Farm Fresh Markets. Voucher distribution and education begins in June 2011.
June 2011: The Fair Share Project kicks off with 24 participating families and continues through September 2011. There was a 96% redemption rate on vouchers that were collected by recipients.
October 2011: The Adams County Farmers Market Association reaches its goal of $2000 in SNAP sales during its first full season with an EBT machine.
November 2011: The Adams County Food Policy Council helps to plan and present at "Closing the Food Gap: Symposium and South Mountain Speaker Series Event" at Wilson College.
December 2011: The Adams County Food Policy Council present at the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council Symposium.
December 2011: A research paper on the Fair Share Project 2011 is completed in coordination of Adams County Food Policy Council members, Dr. Amy Dailey of Gettysburg College’s Health Sciences Department (also a ACFPC member), and Gettysburg College student of the Health Sciences department, Lisa Martin ’12. Using a community-based participatory research approach, the paper helps evaluate the program, see the impact it made, and decide how to improve the program for the next year.
2011: Adams County Farmers Market Association partnered with Wellspan Health to provide incentives for SNAP usage through a Double Dollars Program. The program expanded in 2015 to include WIC/Senior FMNP with additional support from the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation and Healthy Adams County.
March 2010: 2009: The ACFPC created a committee to develop an action plan for Adams County regarding institutions in the county buying from local growers. With the help of Kirsten Markley, the Community Food Security Coalitions Farm to Institution Program Manager, we began to plan for an introductory workshop to be held at the Adams County Health Summit in June of 2010. Four main presenters were selected including Mark Ott, a food service director from Wingate Pa.; Jennifer Halpin, the Director of the Farm to College Program at Dickinson College; Katy Lesser-Clowney, the Sales and Marketing Assistant/Ag Tech Specialist for Bear Mountain Orchards and Kristen Markley. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the concept of local food resourcing to interested food service directors, institutions, distributors and community members, while beginning to lay out the barriers to institutions buying local and developing a list of strategies to lay the ground work for an action plan.The workshop was a huge success, with Russell Redding, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture in attendance as well as other representatives from the Department of Agriculture, the Central PA’s Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter and many other organizations with a focus on buying local. All agreed that the largest barrier to be addressed would be adequate distribution.
April 2010: Gettysburg College Dining Services, already buying from 7 local producers and 15 local processors becomes a member of Everblossom Farm's Community Supported Agriculture program by purchasing 10 shares for the 2010 season.
April 2010: The Adams County Local Foods Network creates awareness of local foods through three community displays at community events in the month on April.
April 2010: Adams County Local Foods Network receives a Hoffman Foundation grant to produce 5,000 copies of the 2010 Adams County Local Food Guide.
April 2010: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College reaches the milestone of 20,000 pounds of food recovered and 10,000 meals served.
May 2010: Saturday's Farm Fresh™ Market open at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.
June 2010: South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. begins the Food Service Development Program, offering an entry level food-service skills curriculum free for individuals below the 200% Federal Poverty Level.
June 2010: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College begins preserving produce from the Gleaning Network through dehydration and freezing.
June 2010: Healthy Adams County hosts an Institutions Buying Locally Workshop during the 4th Annual Adams County Health Summit.
June 2010: The Adams County Food Policy Council establishes this website!
July -November 2010: The Adams County Women, Children and Infant (WIC) program becomes part of the national pilot program for participants to use monthly fruit and vegetable coupons at approved local farm stands.
July 2010: The Adams County Local Food Network becomes part of the Adams County Food Policy Council.
July 2010: WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital begins hosting a Wednesday farmers' market for its employees.
August 2010: The Adams County Farmers Market Association begins accepting SNAP benefits at all their markets.
August 2010: The Adams County Food Policy Council produces and distributes a brochure, Adams County Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens, to educate our community about existing resources in English and Spanish.
July-September 2010: The Adams County Farmers Market Association in conjunction with WellSpan and local chefs hosts three cooking and nutrition demonstrations, at each market.
September 2010: The Adams Farmers Market Association implements an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machine at Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg (Friday), Gettysburg Farmers' Market on Lincoln Square (Saturday) and Gettysburg Hospital Market location (Wednesday). In September and October there were $570 transactions.
December 2010: The United Way Holiday Family Outreach program distributed 1422 vouchers worth $25 to low-income families, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
December 2010: The Adams County Gleaning Association gleaned 121, 858 pounds of local produce from 18 growers during the 2010 season. The total value equaled $48,086 based on USDA values. The produce was distributed to 13 local agencies.
2010: Adams County Farmers Market Association received funding from Capital RC&D to provide wireless debit services and EBT avail-ability for SNAP recipients at each market location.
March 2009: Closing The Food Gap In Adams County: A Proposal for Comprehensive Solutions through Community Action was finalized.
February-April 2009: The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College partners with the Adams County Circles Initiative to provide a Health and Exercise program with Circles families.
March-April 2009: Five community presentations of the above research were given to local agencies to raise support for the establishment of the Council.
May 13, 2009: The Adams Council Food Policy Council (ACFPC) was officially formed by proclamation by the Adams County Commissioners.
May 2009: The Adams County Food Policy Council became an affiliate of Wellspan, Healthy Adams County.
May 2009: The Adams County Gleaning Network began collecting and distributing fruits and vegetables from local farms to organizations providing emergency food.
May 2009: The Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College implements a Food Justice Immersion Project, enabling students to spend a week in Adams County exploring the issues.
June 2009: Gettysburg College Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Salma Monani, begins research with student Sara Tower ('12) about the Food Policy Council.
August 2009: Adams County Local Foods Network prints and distributes 500 color-covered booklets of an updated Adams County Local Food Guide.
August 2009: Students at Gettysburg College create Farmhouse, a residence dedicated to creating, educating, and supporting a community of socially and environmental conscious individuals, with local food and food justice as a central piece.
August 12, 2009: The Gettysburg Times publishes an article about the Food Policy Council, Initiatives direct 'leftover' food to improve diets. Read the article.
August 17, 2009: With the PA State Budget Impasse affecting the emergency food system, the Adams County Food Policy Council spearheads a meeting aimed to coordinate efforts between religious ministries, local charities and organizations to assist in providing emergency relief.
August 29, 2009: The Adams County Local Foods Network and Slow Food USA hold the Time for Lunch Day of Action to get Real Food in Schools at the YWCA of Gettysburg.
November 2009: The United Way of Adams County distributes 1,369 $25 food certificates to low income families, seniors and people with disabilities through the Holiday Family Outreach Food Certificate Program.
November 30, 2009: By the end of the 2009 gleaning season, the Adams County Gleaning Network rescues a total of 79,664 pounds of fruits and vegetables.
December 2009: In partnership with the Adams County Food Policy Council, Gettysburg College Professor Michael Gibbons and sociology students investigate the effects of the 2009 Pennsylvania State Budget Impasse on local organizations and emergency services. You can read the Press Release here & read the report that was presented to state legislators.
February 2008: The Adams County Farmers' Markets Association (ACFMA) was established.
March 2008: The Adams County Local Foods Network convened for the first time to promote local foods. Monthly potluck dinners were added in June 2008.
May 2008: New Oxford Farmers' Market and Friday Fresh Market at the Gettysburg Outlets open.
June 2008: The Adams County Local Foods Network produced the first Adams County Local Foods Resource Guide.
July 2008: The Gettysburg Farmers' Market™ partnered with Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College to donate produce at the end of each market.
July 2008: Campus Kitchen begins Green Goodies, a nutrition and food system education program for children.
September 30, 2008: Mark Winne, a food policy activist and author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty speaks at Gettysburg College and hosts a community workshop.
October 2008: The Food Policy Council and the Adams County Circles Initiative hosted a Big View meeting at the Majestic Theatre, enabling low income individuals to speak to the community about barriers they face accessing healthy and affordable food.
November 2008: The United Way of Adams County begins Bag the Bounty, a food drive that collects over 10,000 pounds of food annually to distribute to Adams County Food drives.
November 2008: Interested members from the workshop gathered to form a Food Policy Council and conduct a community food assessment.
2007 and earlier
November 2007: Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College opened its doors
June 2006: Gettysburg College student, Freya Gibbons '07, receives a Mellon Grant and establishes The Painted Turtle Farm, an organic student garden. Vegetables are donated to Adams County's emergency food programs.
1995: The Gettysburg Farmers' Market™ opens on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg.
1993: The United Way of Adams County begins the National Letter Carriers Food Drive and continues to collects over 6000 pounds annually.
1991: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church began a soup kitchen. In 1995 this ministry became officially incorporated as The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.