AHA partners with Cobblestone Farms to provide healthy food to families in need

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The American Heart Association is partnering with Cobblestone Farms to provide healthy food to those in need.

The initiative is called Food is Medicine.

“This partnership is a partnership that started this year,” said Jordan Lanning, interim executive director at Cobblestone Farms.

The AHA is also partnering with Community Clinic in Springdale and United Way NWA. The Walmart Foundation gave the AHA a $99,950 grant to help fund the program. The program uses DoorDash drivers to deliver healthy food to those unable to travel. According to the AHA, one in every eight households report having food insecurity.

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“Food nourishes the body and is really important for all community members to have access to that healthy food so that they can be well and lead healthy lives,” said Lanning.

Cobblestone Farms grows around 20,000 pounds of fresh produce each year. Lanning says more and more people are struggling to buy fresh produce due to inflation.

“Groceries are really expensive now with inflation. So, being able to have a place where they can go and get this produce free and be able to provide that for their family is really important,” said Lanning.

Cobblestone Farms provides the produce while the AHA determines how to distribute it. Lanning says when she was approached about the partnership, it was a no-brainer.

DoorDash comes each Wednesday to deliver the bags of produce to Washington County families. Recipients must qualify through Community Clinic in Springdale. To take advantage of the free delivery with DoorDash, you must live within a 10-mile radius of the American Hearts Association’s office in Fayetteville.

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