Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fasten Your Seat Belts ~ Here We Go!

Marisa here...

Since our last posting, Kate and I have been on the biggest roller coaster ride of our lives.  The pure deflation and hopelessness that we felt after the Board of Supervisors failed to vote on our project has turned to sheer excitement and hopefulness.

Our community has stepped up to the plate in a MAJOR way.

The local foundation that had offered to match all municipal dollars we raised continues to be supportive.  They have now offered us $50,000 in outright support and another $50,000 in matching funds to any other philanthropic dollars we raise!  Way to go!

We then put our noses to the grindstone and with this momentum went out there and raised an additional $62,000 in a matter of a week!

Folks, we are only $58,000 away from reaching our start-up costs!  After that, we'll start to work on raising our annual fund, which will support our services and shortfalls we expect for the first few years.

And another GREAT thing ~ we've also received an in-kind donation of a fundraising office at Main Street Market.  We plan to open those doors the last week of February.  So PLEASE stop by and see us.  Office hours will be from 10 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday.  We'll be in the tower to the left of Feast!

We are so excited that this project is really happening!

We're organizing a fund-raising letter and will be sending that out early next week.  We're hoping for a big response to help close that gap.

If you are interested in making a donation, we would love to have your support.  The PEC is acting as our fiscal sponsor until we get our 501(c)(3) determination letter.

We can accept donations by check and credit cards.  
  • Checks should be made out to:  The Piedmont Environmental Council with the "Local Food Hub" in the memo line and then mailed to:  
The Local Food Hub, c/o Feast!, 416 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Or you can deliver them to us in our new fundraising office!

  • To make a donation by credit card, please contact Karen Lamond at the PEC at (540) 341-0175 Ext. #4 and state that you are donating to the Local Food Hub.  Also, please then follow up with an email to and let us know that you have made the donation and in what amount, so that we can log it in our books.
We greatly appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing your faces in our office! We can't wait to serve our community and help get more fresh, nutritious, local food into our schools, institutions and grocery stores!

~ Marisa & Kate 

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