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ABAG Member: Bainum Family Foundation is bringing fresh food to low-income neighborhoods in DC

Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tausi Suedi
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Source: LoudounNow

Bainum Family Foundation’s
farm program is bringing fresh produce to low-income children living in food deserts in Washington, DC. The foundation has partnered with skilled farmers and two nonprofits to deliver food to early childcare centers and distribute food through community markets in the city.

Stewart Bainum Sr., founder of the Maryland-based Choice Hotels Chain and owner of the Dinwiddie Farm estate in Loudoun, launched the Bainum Family Foundation in 1968, and in recent years, the nonprofit has narrowed its focus to serving low-income children in Washington, DC.

When Bainum died in 2014, he left a 260-acre tract on the 640-acre estate to the foundation, with a goal of boosting access to high-quality foods in underserved neighborhoods. Foundation staff decided that launching a working farm would be the best way to meet that goal and started their search for a farmer to run it. They wound up getting two in the bargain.

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