Activating the local food system in emergency food response


  • Andy Ollove Fresh Approach
  • Samiha Hamdi Fresh Approach



Resilience, Collaboration, Resource Mobilization, COVID-19, Pandemic, Emergency Food Response


Resilient local food systems are a necessary component to keep our communities healthy, especially during times of emergency. With a history of supporting local farmers and food access in less-resourced communities, Fresh Approach was in a prime position at the time of shelter-in-place orders to pivot our efforts to emergency food relief in this time of uncertainty. By collaborating and mobilizing resources, Fresh Approach was able to strengthen existing connections with small farmers, build new relationships with other food access nonprofits, and support families in need by providing them with farm-fresh, local, and healthy produce. We outline how these partnerships and collective efforts have fortified a resilient and transformative food system in our area.


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Author Biographies

Andy Ollove, Fresh Approach

Food Access Program Director; Concord, California

Samiha Hamdi, Fresh Approach

Food Access Program Specialist; Concord, California. Ms. Hamdi is now a master of professional studies student in International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University.

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How to Cite

Ollove, A., & Hamdi, S. (2021). Activating the local food system in emergency food response. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(2), 255–257.