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Cape Fear Farm Credit Produce Project Feeds Thousands

Produce Project

July 30, 2020

Cape Fear Farm Credit packed and distributed bags of local produce to feed 2,700 people throughout southeastern North Carolina

 Throughout July, Cape Fear Farm Credit (CFFC) partnered with local farmers to share their fresh produce with food donation centers and families within the communities they serve. All nine branches of the Association purchased produce, packaged and partnered with local organizations to distribute 675 bags across 12 counties in southeastern North Carolina. This initiative ensured approximately 2,700 people in their communities received fresh produce.

“I’m so proud of Cape Fear Farm Credit for stepping up to serve our communities during these tough times. More than 70 employees gave their time and energy to make this initiative a success, which really speaks to our purpose to serve agriculture to enrich the lives of others,” said CEO Evan Kleinhans.

Employee volunteers delivered the bags of fresh produce to 17 different community partners including local food banks, church groups, and Baptist on a Mission throughout the counties of Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland to assist in distributing the produce bags within the local communities. Overall, the employee from all nine branches volunteered more than 290 hours to pack and distribute the produce-filled bags throughout these local communities.

With the help and partnership of 38 local farmer customer-owners, CFFC team members secured a variety of produce ranging from corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, squash, zucchini, blueberries, blackberries, watermelons and more.

Cape Fear Farm Credit works to strengthen communities and foster a culture of service. It encourages employees to support communities in addition to working together with customers to fulfill the credit needs of part and full-time farmers and rural homeowners. Cape Fear Farm Credit serves and aids customers in achieving their goals and dreams, while building stronger communities.

 

July 7, 2020

Cape Fear Farm Credit, to support local farmers and families, will be packing and distributing bags of local produce throughout southeastern North Carolina

Cape Fear Farm Credit (CFFC) is partnering with local farmers to share their fresh produce with food donation centers and families by packaging these products to provide a traditional ‘southern produce bag.’ The bags will be distributed by CFFC branches through local area partners to make sure families have healthy, local food on their plates throughout recent difficult periods.

“Farming has always been a big part of this community. When Cape Fear Farm Credit came to us with this great way to support our communities through this unstable time, we didn’t hesitate to say yes,” said Chandler Worley, CFFC farmer customer-owner and owner of Chandler Worley Farms.

Working with local farmer customer-owners to secure a range of produce including corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, squash, zucchini, blueberries, blackberries and more, all nine CFFC branches plan to fill bags with fresh local produce. The Association will pack and distribute over 650 bags to local communities with enough produce to feed 2,600 people. All nine branches, over 80 employees, will complete their local deliveries each week throughout July.

Each Branch donation will occur according to the below schedule:

  • Whiteville Branch: Wednesday, July 1
  • Burgaw Branch: Wednesday, July 8
  • Fayetteville Branch: Wednesday, July 8
  • Elizabethtown Branch: Thursday, July 9
  • Raeford Branch: Thursday, July 9
  • Harnett County: Tuesday, July 14
  • Kenansville Branch: Wednesday, July 15
  • Lumberton Branch: Thursday, July 16
  • Clinton Branch: Friday, July 17

Cape Fear Farm Credit emphasizes strengthening communities and fosters a culture of service as they encourage employees to support those communities. Working together with customers to fulfill the credit needs of part and full-time farmers and rural homeowners, Cape Fear Farm Credit serves and aids customers in achieving their goals and dreams, while building these stronger communities.

“We are here to serve, whether that is serving our customers, our communities or both. It’s an important responsibility,” said CEO Evan Kleinhans. “We are thankful to have a great team that respects that responsibility and is passionate about our shared purpose of serving agriculture to enrich the lives of others.”