As we settle into our new routines, most of us have adapted to new schedules and worked to keep our family and our personal lives running as smoothly as we can. However, not everyone has been able to keep things running smoothly during these trying times. People have lost their jobs and are struggling to find work, not every child has been getting meals from schools, and each day there's the worry and stress of figuring out basic needs. Food is a necessity not a luxury, and many families have been left wondering where their next meal is coming from.
In an effort to help food insecure families get by for a little longer, Rhythmic has started the Feed People Initiative. We ask that you join us in a Donation Match program benefiting JK Community Farms. As food donations from grocery stores to food pantries have diminished, the JK Community Farm has become a lifeline for thousands of families in our community. Your donation will help provide fresh, chemical-free produce and protein to the families in our local community who otherwise might not have access to healthy and organic food. People need food, and we can help.
Who is JK Community Farm?
Based in Loudoun County, JK Community Farm is the largest organic farm in the US dedicated solely to feeding food insecure families, children, and senior citizens. 100% of the food they grow goes directly to their local food panty partners within 24 hours of harvest, ensuring high nutrient density. Those partners then distribute food to families throughout Northern Virginia through food kitchens, shelters, and food pantries.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, JK Community Farm has donated 33,000 lbs of food including 27 grass fed cattle, eggs, broccoli, onions, kale, lettuce, and radishes. Currently the farm has lettuce, kale, broccoli, swiss chard, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, radishes, arugula, potatoes, and asparagus growing. They will be planting additional crops such as sweet corn, peppers, squash, zucchini, watermelon, celery, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes before the end of May and are continuing to grow.
JK Community Farm is a 501(3)(c) corporation. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and a receipt will be provided for every donation.
What does each donation do?
JK Community Farm has a goal to deliver enough food for 108,000 meals this year and Every donation matters. Your contribution ensures that food insecure families know they will be fed quality, locally sourced, chemical-free produce and protein.
All monetary donations go directly to food production. After harvest, food is distributed to 30 food pantries throughout Virginia through Hunger Relief, Food For Others, Arlington Food Assistance Center.
A $35 donation provides enough meals to feed a family for an additional 2 weeks.
Why should you join us in this initiative?
By joining Rhythmic, these families in need will have access to healthy and fresh food, locally grown, that will enable them to prepare multiple meals. We believe that quality food is an essential component of a healthy and happy life. We also believe that everyone individual should have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein.
We are asking other businesses to join us to increase the reach of this effort. We know many individuals are tightening their financial budgets right now and we’re hoping that by spreading the message to as many people as possible, we can rely on thousands of small contributions to make a huge impact. As businesses, we are in a unique position where we can both match our employees' contributions and leverage our social networks. By working together we will create a multiplier effect, feeding as many families as possible through the fall.
Rhythmic knows that by working with others in the community, we can do far more good and reach more people than we ever could alone. We hope you’ll join us in this effort.
How does this work you ask?
At Rhythmic, we are doing a matching donation program and promoting the initiative on our social media channels. It’s as simple as that. If you’d like to participate, please email email@example.com. Our team is working with JK Community Farm to produce reports that we can provide back to you so that you can determine your matching contribution.
Of course, if you do not want to match, you can still be involved simply by promoting the cause on your own social channels. The donation page for our initiative is here.
Either way, we can provide templates that you can use on your website, in communication with your employees, and on your social platforms.
What is the suggested matching amount?
We are grateful for companies that wish to support this in any way that works for them. However, we are suggesting a matching donation amount of $1,000, as a meaningful match is more likely to incentivize employees to contribute.
Where does the money go?
Rhythmic is covering the processing fees for the JK Community Farm platform for the remainder of the year, so if donors choose to include the PayPal processing fee in their donation, 100% of the proceeds go directly toward growing food.
What is Rhythmic’s role in this?
Simply, we are trying to do our part to help our community during these unique times and are grateful to be working with an awesome organization like JK Farms. We will do the work behind the scenes to make it easier for other organizations to participate and we are helping to route employee matching information to participating businesses.
The donation page is hosted on a well known, reputable donation platform, and the money goes directly to the Farm.
We hope you’ll join us in our efforts.
Quickly make a secure donation of your choice that will go directly to:
JK Community Farm