We're excited to relocate our office and kitchen to the new Astoria Food Hub and join their collection of food and farm businesses as a non-profit partner.
Executive Director Jess Tantisook and Board President Rachel French outside of the new NCFW office and kitchen space in Nov 2021.
To celebrate a decade of serving the hard working farmers, fishers, ranchers and food producers of the North Coast food system, Astoria nonprofit, North Coast Food Web, plans for a new space at the historic waterfront location of the recently-formed Astoria Food Hub.
The expansion will be funded in part by a newly-launched community-supported capital campaign and will include the build-out of a larger commercial kitchen and cold storage space, increased staff capacity and local food access programs like dollar-for-dollar SNAP match, and free delivery for those receiving SNAP benefits. The nonprofit hopes to raise $500,000 by June 2022 with support from the community.
“Local food systems build community resilience in a variety of ways,” said Executive Director, Jessika Tantisook. “In 2011, we were the first organization to support the purchase of fresh, local produce with SNAP benefits –and now– we provide our North Coast community with year-round access to buy and sell hyper-local foods through our online market.”
The expansion announcement comes at a time when a growing number of beginning farmers, food producers and shoppers have felt the compounding impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues and climate change, increasing the need for programs and services that NCFW provides.
“My experiences farming and also supporting farmers through North Coast Food Web have highlighted the deepened impact that community collaborations provide for our food system,” said Tantisook. “I look forward to co-locating at Astoria Food Hub and creating new community partnerships that better position us to increase access and affordability for fresh, locally grown foods and help our community thrive,” says Tantisook.